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performance art captured anin photographs that now grace the walls of some of the most significant museums, including the san francisco museum of art. after he moved to san francisco in 2005, he started a new chapter in his artistic career by embracing a more traditional mode of painting, drawing, and sculptures. tools work -- his work now exemplifies a more traditional link with his culture. he continues to use the body is the primary vehicle for exploring questions related to tradition, history, and personal experience. this work is part of an important series of monumental works depicting be fragmented
extremities of buddhist sculptures that inspired his discovery of religious sculptures that did been destroyed during the cultural revolution and were for sale in a tibetan market. mr. hcange was deeply -- he was deeply moved by the damaged sculptures. with this work, he believes he is able to alleviate the pain caused by their destruction. it is a commentary on the changing reality the chinese people who are being forced to reconcile their deep-seated traditions in the face of the country's successful and rapid modernization. with this sculpture, mr. change presents us with a vision of hope that these two seemingly opposing forces can coexist with equal value. thanks to the gallery and the
generosity of our many sponsors that our next speaker will address. i am happy to announce that the sculpture will be here through the end of 2011. i am also proud to announce the the national endowment for the arts award the arts commission is $70,000 grant, the second- highest this year, to support the bringing of this sculpture to san francisco. we're grateful to the chairman for that support. i want to take a moment to introduce the person, part of the team here at the san francisco arts commission, but really the person who spent many sleepless nights trying to overcome the various obstacles associated with the transport and bringing this fabulous
sculpture here to san francisco. please join me in welcoming and banking -- thanking jill for her great work on behalf of the city of san francisco. [applause] >> thank you. that was wonderful. welcome to everyone. can you hear me? i know that i have a soft voice. this is a glorious event. i am so happy that you are here to join us. i am amazed at how art to galvanize an entire city. literally overnight, a think the buddha has become the talk of the town. my main purpose is to identify and thank the many people involved on both sides of the pacific ocean. without their help, this project could not been realized. to " the former first lady, hillary clinton, "it takes a village." with this project, that phrase
could not be more true. as the project manager, i am the common thread connecting the many visible and invisible contributors to the project. i know that thank you's can be the most boring part of the ceremony and people generally to and out. please listen because my list will help you to learn the complex and dramatic sage of its dramatic journey from shanghai to san francisco. it is very complex to bring a project of this sale to for -- of this scale to fruition at the top of my list, and must think the artist. [applause] he has given us the true honor and privilege of displaying his wonderful sculpture and our most public places.
i also want to thank mayor newsom for giving me arts commission and the mandate to do something big and spectacular for the city. that is all i needed to hear to get something -- to get me going. i hope we have achieved what you desire. i am glad we pleased the mayor. we always want to do that. with the approval of my boss and the arts commission -- without their approval, this would have been dead in the water. thank you to all of them for supporting this idea. with their usual enthusiasm for placing art, i p want i phiwantk
the department of support of the sculpture. it was after was able to verify that the 30,000 pound weight would not crashed into the parking garage. engineering also contributed to this project. so many people gave and gave. this is somewhat chronological. there are still some big names to mention here. they provided the structural engineering calculations at no cost to the city. i was able to convince rec and pa the wickedrk -- i was able to convince rec and park that we could install this without doing damage to the city property. the engineer told us it had to be within 12 inches of the center line of the plaza. it disturbs my sense of symmetry. i kept trying to move my head. we had to listen to the engineers. there was very little latitude
for artistic intervention. now that i have the city approvals lined up for the most part, i asked the gallery in new york if they would consider my proposal. joe baptista from the gallery supported the idea and obtained approval from the artist. this was the make or break moment in the project's history. thank you, pace gallery, joe, and zhang huan for loading us this wonderful piece of art. mr. howard adnd teresa hu met
me for a drink. they asked what they could do. when i explained that i hoped it would help me to ship it from shanghai to san francisco at no cost to the city, that was my idea wish. my less than ideal wish was that they would do it and a great discounts. i caught them exchanging glances. howari caught them exchanging glances. howard said it would take care of it. this is a great moment. [applause] please stand up so that we can recognize you. this is a san francisco-based company with offices anin shanghai and around the world. this project and the impact on the city appealed to them. thank you for your great gift.
they went to work and quickly brought in victor. victor flew in from hawaii. provided the shipping free from shanghai along with a lot of the management and paperwork. stand up, victor. they did an excellent job. [sirens] the torso was too big to fit in the container. they put it at the top of the ship. it was wrapped in red. i like to think of the buddha guarding the journey of this ship across the pacific. thank you so much, victor. [applause] i also want to thank the hus for
giving us the expertise of their staff. scott. they didn't say ok, we will do this for you for free, but they actually had their staff work with us on a daly basis and help us really project manage the details and logistics and the complications of exporting a work of this scale and complexity. would you please stand as well diana, leslie and scott? i couldn't have done it without your expertise and guidance. we are total novices at bringing 30,000 pounds of a copper and bronze sculpture from shanghai. thank you so much. [applause] now that we had the shipping and the export taken care of, the project really gained tracks, and with that, our development director was able to add that information to our pending grant with the national endowment for the arts that was
mentioned, and we procured that $70,000, one of the highest awards given. everything builds up, and again, it takes a village. every day somebody else participated and added more. scott, the president of fine arts handling, puts his heart and soul into everything he does. he was so taken by the spirit of this project, that his company also waived their administrative fees. everyone wanted to do it at virtually no cost to the city. that was amazing to me. city departments don't work that way. they say send the money over, and then i will do the work. i want to thank brian, the head of the crew who flawlessly with a crew of eight or 10 people the installation. they finished ahead of time.
it involved them crawling inside the buddha to aattach and bolt it together. you did a flawless job, and i know the artist is happy. thank you. [applause] >> you are polite for clapping and applauding. i hope i am not boring you. everything we want well until we hit a cultural road block, for the vessel departure. at this point we reached out and called upon the gracious and well-kembinged former arts president, rosslyn swigg, who is not with us. she wrote and e-mail to senator diane feinstein, and before i
knew it, the offices of senator feinstein were working on this. i know we have a representative from diane feinstein's office. could you raise your hand? where are you? [applause] thank you so much. within two days we had a letter from senator feinstein that was sent to the shanghai office of foreign owe fares urging their support and expediting the paperwork. now with this very official letter, we worked with the vice counsel of the chinese consulate and of the shrank high -- shanghai office of foreign affairs, and the director of the asian arts music and his director. we refer to mrs. yang of the
shanghai cultural association. i want to say that the shanghai team and others finalized the paperwork, obtained the customs cleernls, not with a moment to spare. we had already missed two boats. this was the last boat in order for us to make this dedication. with that, with the mayor's future and schedule, who knew if we would ever get this gathering together. we are really pleased that it all worked out. i had a terrific professional team of staff at the arts commission. smart problem solvers with a good sense of humor. i would like to single out alison cummings, wherever you are. [applause] >> alison, our senior registrar for our outstanding work in helping coordinate this project and her ability to stay cool and calm all of the time, as
well as kate patterson, our communication expert extraordinarya. >> and gene -- jean, who took care of several things. and last, but not least, our city attorneys, who worked on the details of the loan agreement and procurement to make sure all sides were protected, and that is what we want. head another contributor. the huntington hotel graciously agreed to not charge for the artist's stay. with so many partners, i have to say this is truly an exemplary public-private partnership. most of the cost of the project
has been private contributions. i would like to ask you one last time to applaud this small village of individuals on both sides of the pacific who made this dream a reality. thank you. [applause] >> thank you. so clearly, it takes a lot of work and a lot of people to bring a 10-ton sculpture across the pacific ocean, and bring it to the san francisco civic center. i know everyone wants to get to the mayor and hear from the artist. i want to quickly bring to the microphone, the consul general from the chinese consulate to say a few words, because we couldn't have done this without the partnership of the chinese government as well. >> honor mayor newscom, president of the commission,
ladies and gentlemen, and of course honorable mr. juan, whan. it is my good pleasure to join us in the dedication ceremony of the three hands-six arms. on this occasion i would like to thank the mayor and his colleagues for the great efforts to promote the chinese culture, and thanks to the san francisco arts commission for providing us with this opportunity to enjoy this buhl art work and to celebrate the sister city relationship between shanghai and san francisco. san francisco is well-known for it's cultural diversity, and it has always a long-standing and profound friendship with the chinese people.
the former mayor, diane feinstein proclaimed the inception of the sister-city relationship between the two cities. and thanks to the concerted efforts after these 30 years. this relationship has achieved remarkable and substantial rulls. there have been 225 projects of cooperation between the two cities. many chinese companies have found a home here. i think what is more significant is that this city is going to stage a san francisco place at the world expo in shanghai. that is an expression of
profound friendship and strong special bonds between our two cities, and it will surely give new impetus to the friendship and cooperation between our two cities. this sculpture will stay here for a period of time. i think it will help local people to understand china, understand chinese history, chinese culture and the chinese philosophy of harmony. it will remind us to work hard to promote our mutual understanding and caption. i am confident with our joint efforts, we will surely make the san francisco exhibit a highlight at the world expo in shanghai, but also we will make san francisco the best gateway to china, a pioneer in the development of u.s.-china relations. shrank thank -- thank you. >> he spoke to the context of
what we are here, also putting that in context is the head of the sister city committee as well as your bart board member, james. >> thank you, b.j. we are very delighted to be part of this fantastic physical monument to the cooperation between the cities of san francisco and shanghai. as has been mentioned before, this will be, in june, our 30th anniversary between our two great cities. it has been a wonderful relationship, and we will be bringing, in june, a delegation of approximately 300 or so people to shanghai to celebrate this 30th anniversary. this delegation will be divided into two components, prime army. a performing component which will celebrate the diversity of
san francisco. but the other thing it will also bring, we have a very long sustainable energy component while there. san francisco is the only american city in the united states to be granted official participant status at the world expo. we believe that is in large part due to the wonderful relationship we have had between our two cities. it will be a fantastic trip in june, june 17-june 25. before i conclude, i wanted to make a couple of quick last points. first, i want to thank many of the sponsors that we have for the sister city committee. this thing is a volunteer organization. i want to acknowledge our presenting sponsor and founders. thank you so much. marsh arvel has been a key sponsor. the second thing i want to say
is in chinese culture, the letter 3 is very important. i want to thank the leadership for setting up three. first it was jay and his asian art museum right there, the shanghai commibblet. the second one obviously is this wonderful statue, and third will be san francisco week in shanghai. this shows that the bonds between our city and the vision of our mayor is really incredible to craft this whole year around our 30th anniversary. it is very well of respected in shanghai and clearly here i know we very much appreciate it. i will say without getting too much political i will miss him when he leaves san francisco. thank you. and i would like to pren -- i was at the opening ceremony of the world expo, and i would like to present an opening program from the world expo to
the mayor. thank you very much. [applause] >> as he will soon find out, you never really do leave san francisco. all right. not only is this an incredibly important and spectacular work by one of the world's most important artists, but as my 4-year-old daughter who goes to day care in the basement of city hall said here, that is really could. and i think we can all agree. i am going to ask the artist to speak next. a city is only as great as its people. san francisco is a great city. and its cultural life is only as great as its artists and the creativity, inspiration and things they bring to the life here. we are glad to be able to call him one of our own. [applause]
>> good morning, my friends. [speaking chinese] >> i'm really honored today to share this moment with everybody here in san francisco , to actually have this ceremony of this giant god from the orient to san francisco today. [speaking chinese] >> he wasn't expecting that the mayor is so young and handsome and has such good taste of art.
[laughter] [speaking chinese] >> he was hoping last night that the mayor can honor him as an honorable citizen of france -- san francisco. [speaking chinese] >> in about five years ago, i actually spent more than 10 years to go performance art, and i was really young and energetic. and i have a strong hormone in my body, so i want to use them all.
[laughter] [speaking chinese] >> now i am 45, and the level of my hormone in my body has gradually lowered down, but i want to use my art to give this new hormone to the world and to the arts. [speaking chinese] >> i want to thank everybody who worked really hard on this project, their intelligence, their hard work, people working in the city hall and the sponsors.
[speaking chinese] >> nobody wants war and hurtful things happening in this world any more. so i do hope any work, three hands and six arms, will bring peace and harmony to our withhold world. thank you very much. [applause] >> all right. thank you. >> moving on from the hormone part of the program, this is usually the part where i talk about how incredible our mayor is when it comes to the arts, and it's true. no mayor has done as much to promote and protect the arts and the cultural life of this city as mayor newscom. you have all been gracious
standing here in the sun waiting to get to the america. here is mayor newscom. >> thank you all. based on his comments, as far as i am concerned, he is an honorary citizen of san francisco. so thank you for your comments. thank you for the spirit that brought you here and for your art and for your commitment to the cause of bringing us together, which is the cause of understanding, and an appreciation of our capacity to recognize that we all have some remarkable and interesting differences that it is right to celebrate. but at the end of the day we are all bound together by the things that bind us together in terms of our common humanity. it is i think appropriate that this day is occurring here in san francisco and not some place else. we are the birth place of the united nations. this is a city with a population of over 30% asian. this is the city with the first
and largest chinatown in the united states, a city that is appropriately celebrating three decades of specific relationship with the people of shanghai and china. this is a city that again has always maintained itself as other people oriented, that recognizes that it's real inspiration is by looking for inspiration not just internally, but looking for instance operation around the world. so i am very proud to be here, and proud to be here at this important moment. i am proud of the incredible team at the arts commission. luis, p.j. johnson and the entire commission, and to the passion, persistence, dedication, focus and follow-through of jill, who deserves a big round of [applause] , wherever you want. [applause] >> and to all of our