Beijing 2008 Olympic Landscape Sculpture Competition

Turner Olympic Sculpture on Display in Beijing

Carole Turner's sculpture, Untitled (Rhythmic Dancer), has been installed in Tiananmen Square and is on display for the Olympic Games. Her bronze, depicting an aspiring Olympic gymnast, is one of only three finalists chosen to represent the United States in the Beijing Olympic Landscape Sculpture Competition organized by the Beijing Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games (BOCOG).

Carole was invited to submit a design nearly three years ago and after evaluation by a panel of international judges in Beijing, her entry, depicting a young Olympic hopeful just completing her ribbon dance, was selected as one of 290 semi-finalists from a field of more than 2400 submissions from 82 countries and regions. This group of designs included eight from the U.S. Carole's sculpture was enlarged to half-size in China and then it was cast in bronze. All of these sculptures were cast or otherwise fabricated in triplicate for exhibition in major cities of China through the end of 2006.

In the next level of judging, the field was further narrowed and Carole's sculpture emerged as one of only three American finalists to be chosen for the 2007 – 2008 International Exhibition Tour of 110 sculptures. The 15 month tour included exhibitions in former and future Olympic cities such as London, Rome, Los Angeles, Seoul, Moscow, and Barcelona, as well as a special exhibition at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The sculptures returned to China in time for the May awards ceremonies held in Beijing. Carole was unable to attend the ceremonies as she was in Vietnam finishing a sculpture commission at the time, but she was very honored to receive the contest's Excellent Works distinction and sent her best wishes to China for their Olympic Games and their efforts to reunite art with sport as an Olympic event and as a means for global communication and goodwill.

This permanent collection, known as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Landscape Design Collection, will remain in Beijing with plans to further enlarge and install selected sculptures in Beijing and other cities in China.

Yuan Xikun and Carole Turner

Sculpture enlarged in China

Clay original sent to China

Opening Ceremonies

Olympic Sculpture Judges

Replicating Sculptures in China

Art Enthusiasts in Tianjin


Oregon Artist on Olympic Sculpture World Tour Portland sculptor Carole Turner is one of three Americans chosen for international tour of Olympic Landscape Sculpture for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The tour of five continents arrives in the U.S., making stops in Los Angeles, Sacramento, Chicago and New York.

Interview with Carole Turner, Olympic Sculpture Competition Finalist
Olympic Sculptures Debut in U.S.
Los Angeles to New York: Beijing Olympic Sculptures
International Olympic Committee Website: Beijing Olympic Sculpture
China News: Beijing Olympic Sculpture Competition
China News: Carole Turner Sculpture
China Daily: Yuan Xikun

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