BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- For expressing the good wishes of Chinese people to the world peace, propagating civilized philosophy “Harmony is the most precious” of Chinese nation, the third Statue of World Peace (SWP) will be erected in Haifa, Israel on August 20th this year after the first SWP erected in France and the second in Chile. Mr. Wen Yuan Yan (Yao Yuan as his pseudonym), the 24th generation of Chinese national hero Wen Tian Xiang, the well-known Chinese artist sculpted the statue and donated it to the world in the name of Statue of World Peace Foundation.
The first one was at Normandy beach, France on June 3rd, 2004 in commemoration of 60th.anniversary of D-Day under the endorsement of the French Parliament. Since then, the Statue of World Peace has been acknowledged world-wide as an artistic symbol of world peace.
The second Statue was erected in the city of Copiapo, Chile on October 13th, 2011 in commemoration of one-year anniversary of the great Joint-hands humanitarian Rescue to the Coalmine Accident in the city.
On the eve of outings to Israel, China Xinhuanet had the following exclusive interview with Mr. Yao Yuan, the sculptor of the Statue of World Peace:
Q: Mr. Yao Yuan, first of all please accept our gratitude for your significant activities and contributions to the world peace. Could you share with us the cultural deposits and concept in the creation of SWP?
A: Peace is not only the core concept of Chinese culture but also the common aspiration of mankind. Chinese culture is the only one that has been long lasted for more than 5000 years and never been interrupted. The essence of Chinese culture could be summed up by one word “PEACE”. Two thousand years ago (551-479 BC) Confucius, the greatest Chinese philosopher told us “Harmony is the most precious.” implied peace was the highest value. The ancient Chinese philosophical masterpiece Zhou Yi also indicated that “The highest realm is to achieve harmony and peace”. In another masterpiece Zhong Yong in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-256 BC) elaborated the concept of that only if the harmony between human and society, the harmony among people and the harmony between body and mind had been realized the society could be developed vigorously. The sculptor of SWP just drew the quintessence of Chinese harmonious culture in his creation which had more than five thousand years history. As the great symbol of world peace, also in his creation, the sculptor tried to materialize the abstract conception of peace, actualize the aspiration of people toward peace, personalize the idea of peace and make it be close to people from lofty realm.
|Mr. Yao Yuan gives an exclusive interview to Xinhuanet in Beijing. (Xinhuanet Photo)
Q: As all we know, after the first one in France and the second in Chile, the third SWP will be erected in Haifa, Israel. In what reason pushes you to choose Haifa as the third location for the statue?
A: Haifa, literally means “beautiful coast”, is the third largest city of Israel facing the Mediterranean Sea. The city is backed by Carmelite Mountain which is the holy place for Jews, Christian, Muslim and Bahaism. Its history profoundly reflects the peaceful evolution of different cultures and religions of the human beings. The multi-religious activities of the city are harmoniously booming in a manner of peaceful coexistence among different religions and denominations no matter what. That’s the precise reflection of peace concept for those SWP implicates.