The Opening Ceremonies for the Changsha International Sculpture Festival were spectacular. It was so well choreographed, with so many singers and dancers and presenters, and need for video synch and set changes, that we had to be there the night before for a rehearsal. The particular round stage setup, the huge, semi-circular jumbo-tron video screen back drops, and the sound and lighting would be right at home at a stadium rock concert. In front of a large audience We walked onto the stage, two by two, from the rear of the stage, between the parting twin video backdrops that displayed huge photo of each artist and their works as they entered. After we were presented to the audience, and presented with flowers, and were seated, the show continued with quite a video presentation highlighting each sculptor’s country, excerpts of filmed interviews with us, and more. If you saw the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies …. think video of that caliber.
Before the ceremony, we were invited by the Mayor of Changsha, Hu Henghua, to a very official meeting, followed by a very official dinner attended by the many invited officials and dignitaries from Changsha and Hunan Province, and perhaps beyond.
Still jet-lagged, but with such an exuberant welcome by the organizers and the people of Changsha, we are excited to get to work on the monumental sculptures that we will create in the next 7 weeks.