John Atkin’s work in China includes a 27-ton marble & granite sculpture sited by the Birds Nest Stadium, created for the Beijing Olympiad. He was selected as the UK Representative for a major touring exhibition, organized by Qu Art, Belgium to tour eight museums in China. And his most recent work is ARC’s a large work in stainless steel created for the Changchun International Sculpture Symposium
Atkin participated in the 12th Changchun Sculpture Symposium in September 2011 delivering a keynote lecture on Public Art / Urban Regeneration projects. Atkin is Reader in Fine Art, at the School of the Arts, Loughborough University. His major research interest explores how public art can be integrated into the built environment. His lecture for the Changchun conference explored Breaking Boundaries, his five-year long project for Kent County Council. As lead artist, Atkin became an embedded part of an Interdisciplinary Design Team (IDT) working alongside Landscape Architects, Urban Designers and Highway Engineers to create a new streetscape for the town of Ashford in Kent. Collaborating with experts in shared-space urban regeneration schemes, Atkin discreetly deployed ideas of Ashford’s culture and history into a series of innovative designs for street furniture as well as roundabouts and terraces.
The Ministry of Culture of the Peoples Republic of China and China National Guiding Committee for Urban Sculpture Construction organized the Changchun International Sculpture Symposium with the support of Wu Weishan, The President of the China Academy of Sculpture.
Image: John Atkin. ARC’s. Stainless Steel. Changchun International Sculpture Symposium