World-class art works beautify the Yangtze River axis project
Taiji by Tom Otterness
On Septebmer 8, a group of bronze figures caught the eye of local citizens and visitors at the Hanyangmen Park, in Wuhan.
Named Taiji, these sculptures were created by Tom Otterness, one of America’s most prolific public artists. Completed in Beijing and then shipped to Wuhan, the works were installed at the Hanyangmen Park since the beginning of this summer. It marks the debut of this American sculptor in Wuhan.
Tom Otterness was born in Wichita, Kansas in 1952. He is fascinated with Chinese culture and began to practice Taijiquan from 1980s. In 2002, he was called “the best public artist in the world” by New York Times.
The right bank avenue of Wuhan Yangtze River axis project stretches from the Erqi Yangtze River Bridge at Linjiang Avenue to Zhangzhidong Road, covering a length of 11.4 kilometers. It acts as a demonstration section of the axis project and guest road for the 7th CISM World Military Games. Many new art works along the road are designed by world-class masters. (hubei.gov.cn by Ruan Xinqi)