CHINA Sculptors attempt world record for soil carving near Lanzhou

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Sculptors attempt world record for soil carving near Lanzhou

By Raymond Mendoza | People's Daily app

02:23, August 09, 2018

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(Photo: Lanzhou Morning News)

Since April, some 30 sculptors have worked on a massive sculpture in Lijiazhuang Village near Lanzhou City. However, instead of using wood or ice, the group is sculpting the side of a mountain and their work could be named a Guinness World Record, Lanzhou Morning News reported.

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(Photo: Lanzhou Morning News)

The sculptors, from the Shenzhen Fine Art Co. Ltd, are making a Dunhuang elemental landscape, which when completed will be 150 meters long and 60 meters high – the largest in the country.

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(Photo: Lanzhou Morning News)

The project will embody mainly Dunhuang elements such as flying dancers, Jiayuguan castle towers, Baita Mountain, Lanzhou Ramen, Qihuang River, sheepskin rafts, farming fields along with images of the Silk Road, Yellow River, and other national spots of interest in China.

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(Photo: Lanzhou Morning News)

The project members were recently featured on the Lanzhou Morning News, detailing their extraordinarily realistic sculpture.

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(Photo: Lanzhou Morning News)

One of the sculptors said the project is called “Gansu Style” and that it consists of eight major themes with Gansu characteristics, which shows the long history and culture of Gansu, the rural villages, and folk customs.

“Every object is very large, like Dunhuang Feitian Le, each sculpture is more than 25 meters, and the head is nearly 3 meters,” One of the sculptors said. “The requirements for the perspective of the artist's body are very high. Whether it is construction difficulty or technical requirements, it is required. Very high.”

One of the sculptors said each theme is meticulously detailed to convey character image and demeanor and that it sometimes takes as long as one month to create one flying character and some 10 days to carve a farming-themed harvesting image.

To ensure firmness and security, the carving is created on an 85-degree slope, to ensure a specific center of gravity for each figure. The sculptors also say with degradation of soil, wind, and erosion caused by the public – the work should last roughly five years.

The sculptors said once their finished, they believe their work will make Lijiazhuang Village a tourist destination and that the Guinness World Records will likely consider them since their work is the largest of its kind in China.

The construction on the Dunhuang elemental landscape is expected to be completed by the end of August or early September – which will match perfectly for the season to allow roses and other flowers to bloom amongst the completed work.

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