Ai Qiu Hopen, Landmark Designer, Sculptor
“Wings of Love”, the only artwork favorited by the Permanent Memorial selection committee among 189 entries. Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Project
"I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you - not only on behalf of the commission, but as the mother to Jack who was one of the 20 children whose live was taken so tragically. Your compassion and kindness will not be forgotten.”
Tricia L. Pinto (Mother of Jack Pinto, one of 20 children and 6 teacher victims in Sandy
Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, United States)
You are Love You are Light, Memorial To David Gordon, Washington DC
“The statue has aged flawlessly without any maintenance…….I believe Ms. Hopen is highly talented and motivated, has exceptional technical skills and experience as a sculptor and has unique gifts that give her work an auteur, magic, spirituality and compelling presence that is extremely rare, if not unique.”
David and Lisa Daniel (David’ parents, David Gordon Memorial Project), 01/28/2020
Notable awards and Recognition:
National competition 2021, winner, Monument to Peace and Unity, 24 feet mark main entry to Coeur d’Alene ID, honors the city long commitment to human right and human dignity.
National competition 2020 finalist,honoring the contributions of Matthew Gaines for Texas A&M University.
National competition 2020 Law Enforcement Memorial for Law Enforcement Garden, Kansas City. National competition 2020, Finalist, Diversity Landmark, For downtown Sarasota Florida
National competition 2020 finalist Racial Justice Memorial Texas
National competition 2020 finalist Allen Texas Recreation Center, second best place to live in US by Money Magazine National competition 2019 winner, Ida B. Wells civil right Icon Ida B. Well Monument, national competition, winner. Coolidge High school, DC. In the capital city of the Lincoln Monument, the Washington Monument, MLK Monument, the Ida B. Wells Monument honoring another great leader in our nation’s Capital.
National competition 2019 winner Unity Arch, downtown park McKinney Texas Rated as No.1 best place to live by US Money Magazine
National competition 2019 finalist, Florida State Capital, Dozier Boys Memorial honoring 100 abused children
National competition 2018 National competition, Finalist, a major commemorative project honors the enslaved people of Southern Maryland at the turn of the 18th century and their long-term impact on the region, location, St. Mary’s
College of Maryland, the state’s Honors college.$500,000
2017 Wings of Love and Humanity, prepared for International Holocaust Memorial and museum Competition, for Mass
Design Group, Finalist, Project Budget 50 Million.
National competition, 2013 Winner, a major civil right movement monument for foot soldiers. The 1963 Birmingham civil right movement lead by martin Luther King and movements elsewhere changed America history forced the pass law of 1964 civil right act that outlaw discrimination based on race. $525,000
National Competition, Circle of Love, model prepared for finalist team Mass Design Group, one of UK Holocaust
Memorial Design Competition finalist, Memorial and Museum project Budget £50 million
1995-1999 Education: ECNU Shanghai China, graduated from Modern Design and Art Education Department
Humanity Public Art Design Team awarded selected commissions
2019 National Monument to civil right Icon Idle B. Wll monument, Signature Exterior Art, Idle B. Well Middle school, Coolidge High School(Our national second best high school), National Capital City Washington DC
2016 David Gordon foundation Memorial group 4 life size figures, installed, Washington, DC.
David Gordon Memorial Foundation
2014 Saint Scholastica, 8ft, bronze, St Scholastic Plaza, Benedictine University. Atchison, KS (Partner with Hopen Studio Inc.)
2013 Grand prize winner, national competition US civil right movement monument for Foot soldiers. This work will be placed in Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama.
2010-2011 “Wedding at Cana” Eight life size bronze figures, Wichita Spiritual life Center, Wichita, Kansas, $600,000 budget total for the sculpture garden project.(partner with Hopen Studio Inc.)
2003 “John William "Blind" Boone” Seated bronze figure 1.25x lifesize Blind Boone Memorial
2001 "Three Harts", Bronze, International commission , Thousand Islands, St Lawrence River,NY/Canada
Park, Warrensburg, Mo
2002 Three Harts Three life scale bronze bucks atop a large bronze boulder, to complete 100 year old architect’s vision of artwork for peristyle arch of Bavarian castle entrance Bolt Castle, St. Lawrence River Thousand Isles Bridge authority Hart Island, St. Lawrence River, U.S./ Canada
2005 selected from an international field by shanghai government among 326 entries and commissioned “Songs of Harmony”, with musical fountain for down town Shanghai Harmony Park
2005 Charlie Chaplin for China national sculpture park (Shanghai Oriental park
2000 “Magic Bird” , 12 feet tall Stainless-steel , fountain, light/water Down town Shanghai Real
1999 “History of Ancient Cultures” Ceramic, relief sculpture mural, 6ft x 32 ft. Pudong Market Mall, Shanghai China
1996-1999 ECNU Shanghai University, East China Normal University (Reputed to be the “Columbia of the East”), attended under art merit scholarship, Academy of Modern Art Design and education, Four year Graduate major in modern art design
(Partner, Hopen Studio Inc. )
2014 Saint Scholastica, 8ft Bronze figure, St Scholastic Plaza, Benedictine University, $328,000. Atchison, Kansas
2007 “Father Dubois, Beginning” 2x life (4meters tall) Portrait of Fr Dubois, founder of St.
Mary’s College, planting a wooden cross in the ground Founders Plaza, St Mary's University and
Seminary Emmetsburg Maryland
2005 “St Francis De Sales the Teacher” Three Bronze figures, St Francis with two school children in modern dress St Francis De Sales School, Morgantown, WV
2003 “Copper Tree” monumental scale: 12meter by 8 meter tall oak tree, with hammered leaves and massive trunk and limbs, installed in clubhouse of “The Oaks” golf course, De Moines Iowa
2003 “Pope John Paul VI” Bronze bust portrait, 1.25 life, Pope John Paul VI Academy, Reston, Virginia
2003 “Memories of the Mount” 3 meter by 3meter bronze bas relief depicting two
Catholic Sisters in the garden at Mount St Scholastica College; Scholastica Plaza, Benedictine College, Atchison, Ks
1991 "Fallen Partner" This important monument is raised to honor all law enforcement officers.
1989 “Sister of Healing” healing garden Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA
1988 “St. Joseph and Jesus”Bronze,1.25 X life-size, St. Joseph Hospital Parkersburg, WV
1997 “Speaker of the House”, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, Portrait Bronze, 3.3 meter bronze figure mounted on 1.3 meter carved marble pedestal, Capitol Rotunda, Charleston, WV
1987 “Christa McAuliffe” Bronze, life size bust, museum garden (McAuliffe was the American teacher who perished in the 1986 space shuttle disaster with 7 other astronauts) Sunrise Museum Garden, Charleston, WV
1991 "Fallen Partner" This important monument is raised to honor all law enforcement officers. 1989 “Sister of Healing” 2 Bronze figures, 1.25x life scale, set on designed brick pediment in healing garden Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, Baton Rouge, LA
1988 “St. Joseph and Jesus” Bronze, 1.25 X life-size, Joseph and young Jesus seated on large hewn beams with carpenter tools, St. Joseph Hospital Parkersburg, WV
1986 “St. Francis of Assisi “ Bronze, 8’ figure, set in garden at main hospital entrance of St. Francis Hospital, Charleston, WV
2001 “St Joseph the Worker with Family” 3 bronze partial figures, 2x life scale, St Joseph embracing Mary and child Jesus in front of a work bench with woodworking tools, St Joseph Hospital, Parkersburg, WV
2000 “Maria De Matius” Bronze, seated 6’ figure on an iron & copper bench, The Adorer’s Chapel Wichita, Kansas
1999 “The Bridge Builders” Bronze, four heroic busts of billionaire philanthropist Buck Harlis and associates, within a 10'ft wide mountains cape, depicting bridge built over a stream. L.J. Harless Community Center, Gilbert WV.
1998 “Woman of the New Covenant” Bronze, 7’ Figure, St Mary walking, mounted a large “floating” sandstone shard, below large sandstone disk. The Adorer’s chapel, Wichita, KS
1994 “Santiago” Bronze, life-size Figure On marble plinth St. James Catholic Church,
1994 “St. Vincent De Paul “ Bronze, 4 Life size figures On stair pediment St.
Vincent’s Children’s Services, Brooklyn, NYC
Clients Feedback for the team: Note: kids love her artwork
“Millions visitors to our facility have enjoyed their work, it has become a signature piece in the heart island” Robert G. Horr ,Executive Director, Thousand Islands Bridge Authority
“This is so beautiful, we are struck by the resemblance and emotions conveyed. Thank you so much” ----Lisa
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
President , Sandy, Irle, Director of Blind Boone Park, Warrensburg, Missouri.
Ai Qiu is a true Artist
“Ai Qiu is a true Artist. I gave her information on the subject I wished to honor with a sculpture and she immersed herself, lived and breathed this history until she came up with the most amazing drawings, poetry, maquette and finally full sized sculpture. She worked with us from a distance (we were in the Midwest and she on the coast), but sent me information constantly, wrote beautiful poetry about the experience, brought the maquette and drawings to me personally, made video and photos of the process and simply created the most exciting sculpture for which we could have hoped. I wish she will create artworks for every city in the world. Pictures on the park website: http://www.blindboonepark.org/photogallery.html
Ai Qiu have created and installed more than 50 life size bronze sculptures both independently and collaboratively through Hopen Studio Inc. and Humanity Memorial Inc.
American Award Winning Document film about Poet-Sculptor Ai Qiu Hopen:
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