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Work by Estonian sculptor unveiled in Chengdu, China

BC, Tallinn, 08.10.2019.Print version

A work by Estonian sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu, titled "Tallinn-Chengdu," was unveiled in the Chinese city of Chengdu in mid-Setember.

Chengdu is a sister city of Tallinn in China.

The city of Chengdu commissioned sculptures from its sister cities to decorate a new large park being laid out in Chengdu, spokespeople for the Tallinn city government said.

Tallinn made a proposal to sculptor Tiiu Kirsipuu to take part in the competition. The work by Kirsipuu was successful in the contest and was one of the first works installed in the Guixi Ecological Park in the Tianfu Greenway, Tallinn Deputy Mayor Vadim Belobrovtsev said.

"The sculpture depicting the city maps of Chengdu, a city of 14 million residents, and Tallinn, a city of over 400,000 residents, expresses the friendly relations between the cities. While the scales may be different, the topics affecting the cities and the residents of the cities are in many respects the same," he said.

Kirsipuu said that the sculptors about to design works of art for Chengdu visited the city in April 2018 to get familiar with local conditions and the possibilities to execute the planned works. In August the same year the Estonian sculptor sent a 3D model of her work to Chengdu for the production of the copy to be displayed in Chengdu. The metal sculpture measuring six meters in height  depicts the maps of both cities on two semi-arches made from stainless steel. 

The city of Chengdu chose 21 works from among entries by 38 sculptors that will be displayed in the Tianfu Greenway next to Lake Juncheng, in the Guixi Ecological Park, and the Zhonghe, Jiangjia Yiyuan and Yushi wetlands.

The Guixi Ecological Park is a part of Tianfu Greenway, the longest system of green areas in the world planned by Chengdu. In the future, Tianfu Greenway is to emerge as a three-level system of green areas embracing 1,920 kilometers and all areas, city districts and communities of Chengdu.

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