The 20th Changchun Int'l Sculpture Symposium

Updated : 2019-04-09Source : CCISS
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For more than 20 years since 1997, the city of Changchun has held  international sculpture symposium for 19 sessions, resulting in a collection of more than 846 pieces (groups) of sculptures created by more than 530 sculptors from 216 countries and regions. The China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium has spread its influence all over the world,   and  artists take it as a great honor to be invited to Changchun sculpture symposium. Over the years, the China Changchun Sculpture Symposium has now become a platform for displaying sculpture and enhancing dialogue around sculpture creation. In 2019,  Changchun Municipal People’s Government decided to hold the 20th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium and we sincerely welcome submissions from artists all over the world.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “City · Revitalization”. We are planning to select approximately 30 (pieces or groups) of sculptures , and will permanently install them in the main public space such as Changchun People’s Street, and Jingyang Road, Jiefang Road, and Jilin Road. We will also choose one piece or group among them to be collected by the Changchun World Sculpture Park.

I Background Information:
1.  People’s Street is the north-south main axis of Changchun city. The construction of this street has lasted for hundreds of years within several different historical periods. As far back to the thirty-third year of Guangxu Period of the Qing Dynasty(1907), Japan purchased the land in Toudaogou ( now the Changchun Railway Station area),  built the Changchun Railway Station , built a 175-meter-diameter street square in front of the station, and a 900-meter-long street to the south of the square,  which is the northern section of the current People’s Street (from the station to the northeast corner of Shengli Park, a section in the northern part of Toudaogou road). This is the original prototype of People's Street.
This street was originally named “Changchun Street” by the Japanese following the Chinese way of naming places. In 1922, the Japanese colonial authorities changed the names of all the streets  along the Manchurian Railway to Japanese-style name,  “Changchun Street ” was changed to “Chuodori” ( Central Access, which means Central Street). This name for the northern section was used until the Japanese imperialists surrendered in 1945. After the fall of the Northeast China, Changchun became the center of Japanese imperialist’s reign in northeast China. The Japanese then carried out urban planning and construction on a large scale.
In order to complete the “Central Access” and built it as the central longitudinal axis of the city , this street was then extended southward and named “Datong Street”. South from the gate of Shengli Park, the road was broadened to 54 meters,  and was divided into fast and slow lanes separated by 4 green belts of border trees .This project started in 1932, it reached near People’s Square area in 1933, reached Jiefang Road junction from 1935 to 1936, reached Weixing Road intersection from 1937 to 1938, and there was no major change after 1939. The section of the street that is south of Gongnong Square has fast lane only, there is no afforestation along this part. And for the section that is south of People’s Square, there was no pavement along the sidewalk.
The lanes are all paved with, with mainly gravel foundation and partially non-reinforced concrete foundations. After the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, the Soviet Army entered Changchun and built an Air Force Memorial Tower for themselves in the center of the People's Square. The street was then renamed “Stalin Street”. After the Kuomintang took up Changchun in May 1946, the street was divided into two sections. The northern section was changed to “Yat-sen Street”, and the southern section was changed to “Zhongzheng Street”in name of Chiang Kai-shek. The central square was changed to “Zhongzheng Square”.
In October 1948, the Chinese People's Liberation Army liberated Changchun. Since then, this beautiful city of Changchun returned to the hands of the people. In March 1949, in order to express the friendly relationship between the Chinese people and the Soviet people, this street was named “Stalin Street”, in the name of Stalin, the head of the Soviet Union. On May 1, 1996, it was renamed “People's Street”. Now, the street runs about 18 kilometers, north from the North Ring Road, south to the south Changchun Ring Expressway. With the development of the city, it will be further expanded. On June 30, 2017, Changchun Metro Line 1 was completed and put into use.
2.   Jingyang Road - Jiefang Road - Jilin Road is the east-west main axis of Changchun City. It connects the the Airport Express in the east and Changchun West Station in the west. Jiefang Road, running from Changchun Bridge in the east , to West Jiefang Overpass in the west, attained this name as to commemorate the liberation of the Chinese people. This road was built during the pseudo-manchurian period in 1933. It was called “Xingren Road” then, and was renamed “Jiefang Road” after the liberation. Previously, Jilin Road also included the current Jiefang Road (the section from People's Street to Yatai Street ), after crossing Nanguan, it runs straight to the east and it connects to the former Jingji National Road,which was a gathering place for Chinese labor.
Since 1990s, the surrounding area of Jilin Road received some reform and development. The government has made much effort to forge the “guests welcoming road”. It was expanded to Dongfang Square in the east. Now, the construction of Jilin Road Expressway has started and it will be put into use in 2019. Jingyang Road starts from West Ring Road in the west, and runs to West Jiefang Overpass in the east. Presently, the western extension line is in construction and the finished line will lead to Changchun Western Station. On August 30, 2018, Changchun Metro Line 2 will be completed and put into use.

II Creation Requirements:
1. According to the space layout structure of “Changchun Special Planning for Urban Sculpture (2018-2035) ”, People’s Street, Jingyang Road-Jiefang Road-Jilin Road, are the main routes  for urban sculpture appreciation.Urban sculptures will be built in the main public spaces such as green spaces, parks, and squares on both sides of the routes, and around the important public buildings that face to the streets. The purpose is to enrich the cultural connotation of street sculpture and form a centralized  display route for sculpture works. Considering the main function of this section , the historical elements, and public art themes of metro line, People’s street is divided into 10 urban sculpture creation themes, which are revitalization and prosperity of old industrial base, history and culture, commerce, prosperous markets, education of science and technology , etc. The route of Jingyang Road - Jiefang Road - Jilin Road route is divided to 5 urban sculpture creation themes. There are all together 24 positions planned for urban sculpture construction , including 15 positions in People’s street, 5 in Jingyang Road-Jiefang Road-Jilin Road, 1 in Saide Square, 2 in Weixing Road, and 1 in Shengtai Square. Artists are required to make sculpture proposals according to the surrounding environment and theme requirements for this position.
2. All the submitted proposals are required to be original urban sculpture designs. One proposal corresponds to one position only ( When you submit proposals on line, please choose the serial No. of the corresponding construction site.) Multiple submissions with one proposal for other positions are not allowed.
3. The authors are required to own all the intellectual property of the proposed work. We are hoping that with extraordinary creativity and imagination, you will make sculpture works that can best coincide with the theme, eulogize the spirit of the time, and embody Changchun city’s cultural and spiritual connotation.
4. The proposed works are expected to be featuring in beautiful forms, high artistic values, and meet the special requirements of public art, which are practicability, security and permanency.
III Soliciting, Scale and Evaluation
1. This symposium adopts a way of special invitation and public solicitation together, mainly targeting at internationally known art institutions, colleges and universities, and sculptors.
2. About 30 pieces of proposed works will eventually be selected (adjustable according to the quality of the works). Groups of sculptures are encouraged.
3. Evaluation: A judging panel composed of well-known sculptors and artists will evaluate all the proposals and vote to select the finalists. The final results will be published on the website of Changchun Urban Sculpture Planning and Management Office( The organizing committee will mail to the selected sculptors the invitation letter and the symposium participation contract stipulating the responsibilities, rights and duties of both parties. The selected sculptors should send back the signed contract to the organizing committee.

IV Reward and Production
1. It is required that all of the selected sculptors should bring the final maquettes to the organizing committee when they come to Changchun to enlarge the sculptures on site. The maquettes will be permanently collected by Changchun Sculpture Gallery and the authors will be awarded the collection certificates from the gallery. When the final installation of the selected sculpture is over, the author will be awarded 60,000 RMB (after tax) as the creation fee and a certificate issued by the organizing committee.
2. All the selected sculpture works will be enlarged by the organizing committee collectively. The authors must be present at the production site to enlarge the maquettee in person (Changchun City, Jilin Province). The organizing committee will provide the artists with assistants for the production of the work and cover the author’s (himself/herself) travel expenses (one-time round trip economy air ticket from the author’s residence to the production site ) and the author’s accommodation during the enlargement of the selected sculpture.

V Submission and Requirement
1. Applicants should submit the proposals via the online submission system Please choose one of the following web browser for logging in the submission system: Internet Explorer 10 or above , Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome. (The submission system will not be activated until March 1, 2019).  Applicants can also get access to the submission system by logging in the website of Changchun Urban Sculpture Planning and Management Office (, and click “Register Online”on the left bottom.
2. After logging in the website of Changchun Urban Sculpture Planning and Management Office , you can download the “ Instruction of Sculpture Construction Site for the 20th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium ” in local news.
3. The deadline for submission is 15 April, 2019. (In case of any special circumstance, please directly contact the organizing committee office ).

VI Intellectual Property Protection
1.  The design should not infringe any third party’s patent, copyright, trademark right, reputation right or any other lawful rights and interests.
2.  All literal information, picture, graphics, audio or video materials contained in the proposed design receive the legal protection for copyright, trademark, and other proprietary rights. They are not allowed to be published or broadcast without the consent of the participating artists.
3.  The organizer has the right to compile, publish and release the selected sculptures and authorize Changchun Municipal People’s Government to use them for public welfare purpose, etc.

VII Important Time Schedule
1. Calling for Proposals: February 1 to 15 April, 2019.
2. Evaluation: confirm the selected sculpture works and release the results of the evaluation in the middle May, 2019
3. Production and Installation: early August , 2019- late September, 2019
4. Opening of the Exhibition: September, 2019

VIII Contact
The Organizing Committee Office of the 20th China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium
Liaison:  Wei Lai ,  Zhao Yue (Aimee)
Address: 1000 Mingzhu Road, Changchun, Jilin Province, China
Changchun Sculpture Planning and Management Office
Postcode :130000
Tel:0431 89189756
Fax:0431 89189756
Email: (This Email is only for consultation, please visit the submission system )