Chinese authorities asked Peruvian artist Miguel Ángel Velit to recreate one of his sculptures big enough to be placed in Olympic Park in Beijing.
The sculpture, which is to be exhibited in the heart of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is a 5-meter (16 foot), 4-ton replica of a plasma television.
Velit stated that this was not his first piece of work that is on display in the Asian continent. Five other sculptures of his are on display in public areas in China, a country he frequently travels to, to give art classes.
He stated he wanted to create something modern in this particular piece, thus choosing a hi-tech electronic device like a plasma TV. At the same time, Velit needed a sculpture in some way related to sports, the reason for which a goalkeeper in the middle of a game is a part of the sculpture.
The plasma TV and several other of the Peruvian artist’s sculptures will be exhibited throughout China after the 2008 Olympic Games.
They will be displayed in places such as Macao, Guilin and Changchun among others. The sculptures will then be placed in Fengliang Park, next to the institute where Velit frequently teaches.
The plasma TV sculpture, in its original size, was first displayed in an exhibition at the Alianza Francesa.