Shray Bronze: Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest Update

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The purpose of this press release is to bring you up-to-date on the latest information on Shray's entry in the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest. In addition, it will correct any misleading information that may currently exist on the internet.

Shray's sculpture, "Raising Tomorrow's Olympic Champions", is indeed among the United States finalists for the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest. In addition, as a further honor, in 2007 her sculpture garnered the prestigious "Excellent Works" distinction.

For correct information, please to go the official Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest site at http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/olympicsculpture/204319.htm.

To view Shray's sculpture, go to this page on the official Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest site and click on the bottom left thumbnail image: http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/olympicsculpture/204323_16.htm

Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest
In May 2008, Shray received the official invitation to attend the Award Ceremony being held the evening of May 31st 2008 in Bejing, China for the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest. At this ceremony, the final awards will be announced. The most prestigious awards will be 5 Gold, 9 Silver, and 15 Copper awards to total 29 and signify the 29th Olympic Games.

(View official English language invitation attachment at right.)

Criteria for selection of the final awards for the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest include six main categories which are: Meaningfulness, Commemorative Strength, Artistic Level, Creativeness, Harmoniousness, and Influential Strength. The subject of the sculpture should have positive meaning and high cultural and ideological quality, comply with the Olympic Spirit and Idea, and embody man's pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. In addition, the work should have direct visual association with the symbolic connotation of the Bejing Olympics, suitable for commemorating the 29th Olympic Games. The work will also be judged on its quality of professional standards and originality. Audience and public feedback will be a percentage of the final judgment.

Artists from over 80 countries and regions entered their art, and judges from counties including China, England, the United States, Italy, Germany, Austria and South Korea were part of the selection process for the Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest. Over 2,300 pieces were originally submitted to the contest. To view the finalists work selected from the 2,300, please go to the official Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest site: http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/olympicsculpture/204323_16.htm

Shray found her inspiration for her Olympic Landscape Sculpture Design Contest entry, "Raising Tomorrow's Olympic Champions," while creating her new "Artist Nostalgia" series. In the series, she was working on a small rendition of "As One", where parents are holding a newborn baby in the air in celebration of new life and all of the potential it holds. She envisioned her monumental piece as an interactive sculpture that encourages children to honor their parents and reminds parents to uplift their children. This piece would reinforce the power of Olympic dreams. "Those dreams can be about achieving excellence in sports, or becoming a great teacher, writer, poet, artist or parent. The dream is as individual as the dreamer," explains Shray.

"My goal as an artist is to entice tomorrow's Olympic champions to interact with this piece and to be inspired to pursue their dreams. I want young people from all cultures to see the children in bronze as reflections of themselves--filled with potential for greatness," says Shray.

While on public tour, Shray's sculpture "Raising Tomorrow's Olympic Champions" received considerable public praise and positive comment.

Bronze sculptor, Shray, is one of the few working artists today who employs the rare Subtractionist technique. Like Michaelangelo, who released the human form in stone, Shray unveils her forms in blocks of clay. The piece then goes through a complex 12-step process from the mold all the way to the final pouring of the bronze. Great care is taken in the creation of each limited edition bronze. Shray feels that before she will put her name on the bronze sculpture, it must be perfect. The finished work takes from six months to a year, from the creation of clay to bronze.

Shray's official website can be viewed at http://www.shraybronze.com.

Read Shray's latest Olympic news at http://www.shraybronze.com/shray-olympics2008.html.

Shray's complete works can be viewed at http://www.shraybronze.com/the-sculpture.html.

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