John Van Alstine Sculpture Chosen to Adorn Beijing's Olympic Park

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John Van Alstine Sculpture Chosen to Adorn Beijing's Olympic Park


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SANTA FE, NM -- Sculptor John Van Alstine has been selected as one of 25 non-Chinese artists to have work installed in Beijing's new Olympic Park.

Van Alstine, represented by the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, is the creator of monumentally scaled pieces that gracefully explore the balance between elements of stone and steel. He has been described by Nick Carpasso, associate curator of the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, as "one of America's most important sculptors of the late 20th century."

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The piece chosen for the Olympic Park, titled "Circle of Inclusion--Ring of Unity," was specially commissioned by the city of Beijing in celebration of the 2008 summer games and was selected from a pool of more than 2,800 entries worldwide. It is the largest sculpture in the artist's "Sisyphean Circle--Beijing Series."

"'The Sisyphean Circle Series' draws parallels between the Greek mythological character and the plight of the artist," Van Alstine says. …

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