Sculpture Department, Central Academy of Fine Arts
The Sculpture Department of the Central Academy of Fine Arts created and completed the campus public art work for the 80th anniversary of the founding of Beijing Foreign Studies University – “Never Ending”
The public art work “Never Ending” was commissioned by Beijing Foreign Studies University to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the School of Sculpture at the Central Academy of Fine Arts. At the inauguration ceremony of the work, Secretary Gao Hong attended the unveiling ribbon-cutting ceremony on behalf of the Central Academy of Fine Arts. The inter-school cooperation between CAFA and BFSU stems from the establishment of the “Yanhe Alliance” red education base. In March 2019, in order to inherit and carry forward the party’s philosophy of cultivating morality and establishing a new type of higher education during the Yan’an period, and jointly improve the ability and level of talent training, nine universities including Renmin University of China, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and Central Academy of Fine Arts were established. “Yanhe Alliance” Red Education Base. The Central Academy of Fine Arts and Beijing Foreign Studies University are both members of the “Yanhe Alliance”. The completion of the public art work “Never Ending” is a successful attempt by the members of the alliance to carry out inter-school cooperation and practice the teaching concept of the new era of inheriting the red gene to serve the society. At present, this work has become a new iconic artistic and cultural landscape on the campus of BFSU, which well reflects the spirit of the new era of BFSU.
Gao Hong, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, attended the unveiling ceremony of Beijing Foreign Studies University’s New School History Museum, World Language Museum, and School Celebration Sculptures
Gao Hong, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Wang Dinghua, Secretary of the Party Committee of Beijing Foreign Studies University, Yang Dan, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, and authors Zhang Wei and Hu Quanchun at the scene of the work
The creation and implementation of the work took nearly 6 months to complete under the auspices of Professor Zhang Wei, the head of the Department of Sculpture. Associate Professor Hu Quanchun, the deputy head of the Department, was responsible for the specific creation and execution of the work. The work “Never Ending” is located in the central square of Beiwai West Campus. Since its establishment 80 years ago, Beijing Foreign Studies University has cultivated a large number of high-quality foreign-related talents for China. Among them, more than 400 people have served as ambassadors abroad, and more than 2,000 people have served as counselors. The school has also won the reputation of “the cradle of diplomats of the Republic”. The concept of creation of the works stems from the interpretation of the spirit and mission of BFSU—communication, exchange, and connection. The form of the work is the visual and spatial expression of these three key words.
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Materials and Technology:
The work is welded from 5mm thick weathering steel. The back of the text is lined with LED lights, which can emit a soft warm light at night. The use of weathering steel is to echo the outer wall material of the main teaching building (dark red terracotta brick), so that the installation is related to the surrounding environment. The use of weathering steel is in line with the spiritual temperament that the work intends to convey – it is full of tension and dynamism, but also has a heavy and majestic momentum. From a technical point of view, the text on the inner skin of the work is the most difficult part of the entire work production process. From digital 3D creation to manual implementation, creators and producers need to work together to perfectly restore the ideal effect. It is precisely because of these 101 kinds of greeting text messages that the works are “anchored” with the site, and it also makes the original cold abstract works warm.
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Title: “Never Ending”
Place of completion: West Campus of Beijing Foreign Studies University
Creation commission: Beijing Foreign Studies University
Art Director: Zhang Wei
Work creation: Hu Quanchun
Creative Team: Yuan Hang, Xiang Yu, Chen Songlin
Technical consultant: Mao Qinghu
Production unit: Beijing Jingzhi Culture and Art Co., Ltd.
Work size: 12 meters x 4.5 meters x 4.8 meters
Design time: March 2021
Completion time: September 2021