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"Beijing Olympics Winning New York USA Artists Unveil 32 Ft. Sculpture"
Mark and Diane Weisbeck, award winning husband and wife sculpture team and the only artists to represent both New York and the United States in the 2008 Beijing, China Olympics, have unveiled a 32 foot tall brass, 2 and 1/2 ton waterfront sculpture.
By: D. Weisbeck
(Honeoye, New York, USA)
August 11, 2008
Mark and Diane Weisbeck, the award winning husband and wife sculpture team and the only artists to represent both New York and the United States in the 2008 Beijing, China Olympics Landscape Sculpture competition, have unveiled a 32 foot tall brass and stainless steel public waterfront sculpture.
For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, art has been an official category of competition. With 2600 international sculpture design submissions, only 8 finalists chosen by the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, were Americans. Only two were from New York. Winners of the “Excellent Works” Award, Mark and Diane Weisbeck have been creating modern products, art and sculpture since 1985. “It was an incredible honor to be the only artists to represent New York as well as the United States in the Beijing Olympics,” stated Mark Weisbeck. The Weisbeck's award winning Olympic sculpture, “The Celebration of Ren,” was conceived of as a 50 foot tall “brush stroke,” based on the Chinese pictograph, or letter, “ren,” which means people.
With a grant from the New York State Department of State, the Weisbecks were funded $70,000.00 to create the 2 and ½ ton “Water Spirits.” The public sculpture was unveiled in a ribbon cutting ceremony, on July 11, 2008, Rochester, New York, in which Diane Weisbeck was lifted 30 feet in the air in a cherry picker crane to cut the flowing ribbons.
“Water Spirits” took 9 months to construct. The two entwined, stylized human figures represent all people of the world in peace and unity. Together they hold aloft a modern version of an ancient water vessel; a symbolic tribute to the life giving, vital waterways of our planet. The monumental sculpture was dedicated to the citizens of Rochester, New York, USA.
To see other public art and sculpture by the Weisbecks, awards and honors, product design history, please visit, www.weisbeckdesign.com, www.artaccessoriesbyweisbeck.com, for high resolution images, please email, email@example.com.
Contact: Diane Weisbeck
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As an award winning sculpture design team, we only use the finest quality materials the budget permits.
Our sculptures are classic, timeless, elegant and yet very contemporary. They seem to offer a sophisticated approach to public art. Our method of artistic expression appears to have an international and universal appeal, as our sculptures stand around the globe, including Changchun, China. We are 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture finalists, winning the prestigious, “Excellent Works” Award. We were two of only 6 other American artists, representing the United States in China, to the world. We are experienced in working with city governments and agencies and feel that our solid background in private, commercial and public art allows us to exceed all expectations.
Since 1985, our modern product designs and sculptures have been collected around the world. Visit: www.weisbeckdesign.com for additional sculptures and award information.