International woodcarving show
Beijing Forestry University
Cultural exchange is a primary focus of 2014 WWD activities. The Woodcarving Art Festival was a landmark initiative co-organized by the Beijing Forestry University and IWCS. It brought together forty-six artists from across the world with the aim to share wood culture with a range of academic audience.
Two large-scale collaborative works were to be created by thirty-five international artists in the woodcarving show. Each artist was allowed to have his own concept and expression conveyed through one of the individual pieces that composed the collaborative works.
Exposed to the feast for woodcarving that presented by those with different cultural backgrounds, many students of Beijing Forestry University learned to appreciate the wood art and craft of various styles.
Many found the wood art and craft presented on the site interesting and appealing. Some students were encouraged to try carving by the artists and experience the art, while others explored woodcarving from around the world through the artists’ guidance. Friendly interaction between artists and students lent charm to the live show.
Another feature of the event was the woodturning demonstration. Laughters and delightful conversations filled the air. Everyone had a good time working or visiting on these gorgeous sunny days.
Five international artists gave presentations pertaining to art and culture of woodcarving and woodturning, regional architecture style and furniture making. An interactive discussion followed each of the two sessions respectively. It was expected that the students’ vision in their specialized academic fields could be broadened by a multi-cultural activity of such.
Terry Martin, an Australian woodturner, gives a presentation on the art of woodturning.
The interactive discussion led by the internal artists engages the students’ interests.
At the closing ceremony, the whole finished artwork was dedicated to the College of Art and Design and College of Material Science and Technology of the school as a remembrance of the cultural exchange. The introduction of each individual work was presented by the artists on stage. The themes of their works mostly reflected in nature, family and home country.
Each artist shares the ideas and inspirations of their artwork with the audience.
Mike Hou, Director of IWCS, and the international artists, present the Certificate of Donation and the collaborative works to the representatives of the College of Material Science and Technology (left) and the College of Art and Design (right).
Everyone cheers for the success of the collaboration when the volunteers holding the artwork and posing with the artists at the closing ceremony on April 3, 2014.
Thanks to everyone who took part in the event, the results were really impressive that they brought forth intercultural communication through the woodcarving and woodturning activities on campus. The participating artists integrated the global-scale wood culture into the academic community. Wood culture has thus struck a chord with the future generation.