Belgium donates giant work of art to China
The work of art, designed in honour of the Olympic Games by Belgian artist Olivier Strebelle, will be presented to Beijing this summer.8 April 2008
BELGIUM - The Belgian government has offered China a giant work of art for the Olympic Games in Beijing this summer.
The work of art is currently being erected in the neighbourhood of the Olympic village by 100 Chinese workers with the help of Belgian and French engineers.
The design is by Belgian artist Olivier Strebelle, who finally sees an old dream coming true: "I proposed this to (the then) IOC boss Antonio Samaranch 25 years ago, but the project was eventually rejected because it was all too complicated."
The work of art shows five abstract athletes carrying the Olympic rings. It is about 100 metres long and 20 metres high, and will cost some EUR 5 million.
Former Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt had promised to implement the project in 2007. The money was raised by Belgian institutions and companies including the National Lottery, Belgacom and Delhaize.
The work of art will be inaugurated on 23 May.
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]