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"nternational Sculpture Symposium - An Giang Hallmark II"
2005-10-31 until 2005-12-10
Sculpture Garden Park
Chau Doc Township, , VN Viet Nam

The Ministry of Culture and Information has invited several artists to participate in an International Sculpture Symposium - An Giang Hallmark II. This is the largest sculpture symposia event held in Vietnam. The premise for the project is that 40 sculptors from around the world will make a monumental size (3 m3) sculpture in 40 days out of marble or granite. The event begins October 31, 2005 and continues until December 10, 2005. This is among a series of activities of 2005 happening in Chau Doc township, aiming at creating diverse sculptural works and providing the landscape with valuable artworks so that Chau Doc township can build a Sculpture Garden Park in the Sam Mountain tourist site.

An Giang province covers an area of 3,424 km2 with a population of 2,083,571 people. An Giang is situated in the southwestern Vietnam, bordering Cambodia, upstream of the Mekong Delta river with fertile rice paddies in the Tu Giac Long Xuyen region. It has several ethnic groups with different religions. It also occupies a That Son Range with green forests, beautiful waterfalls and cool lakes, etc. The province has a great deal of mausoleums, pagodas, temples bearing the hallmark of pioneers of the south Vienam such as Nguyen Huu Canh temple, Tay An pagoda, Thoai Ngoc Hau mausoleum, Cave Pagoda, Lady Xu Temple (Sam Mountain), and so on in Chau Doc township, which are unique nationally-recognized cultural vestiges.

The closeness of ethnic groups’ (Chineese, Cham and Khmer) and Kinh people’s cultural aspects which are characterised by the river life, creates unique cultural diversity. Many folk festivals are preserved as a precious property of the people of An Giang province, of which Lady Xu’s Birthday Festival – Sam Mountain is held in Chau Doc township with over 2 million visitors every year. With the cultural aspects in daily life of the people of Chau Doc township, there are floating fish cage villages, a floating market and a famous tourist attraction. An Giang tourism has a lot of opportunities for development thanks to many natural, cultural and human potentialities.

The International Sculpture Symposium “An Giang Hallmark” I - 2003 held in Chau Doc township left 36 sculptural works of 34 sculptors from 14 countries throughout the world. The cultural event created an important hallmark of the sculptors’ good hearts for Chau Doc township, An Giang province. The works are a priceless possession of Chau Doc people, which beautifies the natural landscape of Sam Mountain tourist site. Chau Doc township hopes to have a Sculpture Garden Park of 100 sculptural works to create a cutural product site for tourists from home and abroad.

The International Sculpture Symposium “An Giang Hallmark” II - 2005 will be held at Sam Mountain, a well-known tourist site of An Giang province. The site is a beautiful and open landscape with rice paddies surrounding Sam Mountain. Keeping a lot of nationally-recognized cultural and historical vestiges, Sam Mountain area is an ideal place for sculptors. It is also the location for the International Sculpture Symposium “An Giang Hallmark” I – 2003 to take place successfully.

absolutearts.com Premiere Portfolio artist Chris Peterson will be participating in the Symposium. View more of his work at http://www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/chrispeterson/.

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