City has spe­cial place in his art

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

STRAND Ephemera will take on an in­ter­na­tional flavour this year, with Chi­nese artist Luo Zhi Qi com­ing to Townsville to par­tic­i­pate in the 10- day sculp­ture fes­ti­val.

Zhi Qi ar­rived in Townsville from sis­ter city Foshan on Mon­day for a six- week art res­i­dency.

An artist and sculp­tor for the past 30 years, Zhi Qi spe­cialises in a tra­di­tional Foshan craft work skill called Zha Zou.

“I like to in­cor­po­rate na­ture into my sculp­tures,’’ he said through his son, who is trav­el­ling with him as a trans­la­tor.

“I will use an an­cient Foshan tech­nique to cre­ate a bird sculp­ture and will use my time in North Queens­land to give me ideas for the pro­ject. I pur­posely choose this form to bring a lit­tle bit of Foshan to Townsville.’’

Dur­ing his stay, Zhi Qi will also hold work­shops, li­aise with Townsville City Coun­cil’s Gallery Ser­vices, meet lo­cal Chi­nese res­i­dents and work on a Chi­nese dragon sculp­ture for the coun­cil.

He was of­fi­cially wel­comed at the Townsville Chi­nese Club on Tues­day.

Mayor Jenny Hill said she was ex­cited to have Zhi Qi in Townsville.

“We can’t wait to see the beau­ti­ful sculp­tures Mr Zhi Qi cre­ates and we know the lo­cal arts com­mu­nity will ben­e­fit greatly from his ex­per­tise and cre­ative in­flu­ence,” she said.

Pic­ture: WES­LEY MONTS

SHAP­ING IDEAS: Chi­nese artist Luo Zhi Qi will cre­ate a Strand Ephemera work.

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