Saturday, May 26, 2012

Huo Bao Zhu's Design Studio and Factory

One of the highlights of the trip for me was the private tour of Huo Bao Zhu's Foundry. The statues and sculptures he designed were breathtaking and watching the art-making process was fascinating. Mr. Zhu was a gracious and generous man who spent hours sharing his work with us.

Huo Bao Zhu

Huo Bao Zhu's Office

Huo Bao Zhu and Peggy Delmas

Huo Bao Zhu and Paige Vitulli

Huo Bao Zhu, is a Chinese businessman who believes he owes a debt of gratitute to the United States after a Portland physician treated him for a rare form of leukemia, when his doctor in China had given him only two years to live. He donates generously to the United States, including Troy University.

Mr. Zhu generously presented each of us with a replica of the Bronze Galloping Horse Treading on a Flying Swallow from the East Han Dynasty (about 25-100 AD) which was excavated in Leitai Wuwei City in 1969.  "It has become a symbol of Chinese tourism and a representative work that brings forth the time-honored cultural tradition of the Chinese nation and the oriental aesthetics to the world."

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