Wangari Mathaai

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Client: Benedictine University

Location: Atchison, KS, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $60,000

Project Team

Artist

Ai Qiu Hopen

Humanity Memorial Inc.

Client

Benedictine University

Overview

Wangari Mathaai won the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her “holistic approach to sustainable development that embraces democracy, human rights, and women’s rights in particular.” She is a founder of the Green Belt Movement, planting of more than 40 million trees to combat deforestation. This 6′ portrait bronze with bronze tree and dove is in St. Scholastica Plaza at Benedictine University in Atchison, Kansas

Goals

We combine bronze, copper, stainless-steel to bring symphonic visional effects to space, we integrate landscape with artworks of river, bird, plants etc. to evoke our bond to our earth and one another. Virtually no maintenance is needed, materials employed are resistant to corrosion, sun, fire, storm, extreme heat, flood, hurricane, vandalism, etc.

Process

We worked closely with architect and landscape architects, to achieve one harmonic flow of art, landscape and architecture in the space through many meetings and site collaborations. We warrant all work to be of the highest standard of “state-of-the-art” materials, casting and construction for modern bronze sculpture, quality everlasting material and construction, and warranted in perpetuity.