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John Atkin

Strange Meeting

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Marble & Granite
300 x 300 x 300 cm
Olympic Park Beijing

Commissioned by Beijing Municipal Government, via open competition that attracted 2600 applicants worldwide, this Outstanding Award winning sculpture, Strange Meeting, was selected as one of only 26 international monumental artwork’s to be sited in the promenade space adjacent to the world renowned “Birds Nest Stadium”, to celebrate the cultural arm of the 2008 Olympiad.
This 27-ton marble & granite sculpture by Atkin, significant as the only artwork from a UK sculptor as part of this international outdoor exhibition.
The concept for the sculpture, referencing Wilfred Owen’s WW1 poem of the same name, is based on notions of reconciliation, linking with the Cultural Olympiad theme, One World One Dream. ISBN nos. 7-5074-1794-8
Although the sculpture was commissioned specifically for the Beijing Olympiad, its popularity has meant that it remains located adjacent to the Birds Nest Stadium to this day at a major arterial junction in Olympic Park.
Strange Meeting is cited in a variety of media, such as Sculpture Journal, Artist & Illustrator, Art & Architecture, as well as BBC TV, BBC Radio

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John Atkin

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"Since graduating from London's Royal College of Art, where Henry Moore personally funded Atkin's MA Sculpture, John Atkin has exhibited his work worldwide, from Southend and San Francisco to Fuzhou, China. Recent publications on Atkin's output focus on references to cultural heritage within the contemporary landscape; his research interest lies in public art and the interaction it provides people with artwork.

John Atkin's sculptures have global appeal, changing 'space' into 'place'. Public art builds community landmarks and meeting points for generations and cultures to come. His work has been the subject of widespread media interest and editorials that focus on his public sculptures, here in the UK & overseas."

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