Humanity Memorial Inc. Team
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Ai Qiu Hopen, Landmark Designer, Sculptor, writer


“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  
  Dennis Poon, world renowned designer of supertall and megatall structures in the world, (Top 25 Newsmakers in 2010).

Dennis Poon' Innovative Engineering,Structural/Kinetic Engineering profile. Anything you image can be built!(Records includes Shanghai Tower, The World second tallest tower, 2,073 Feet). Awards,National Award Winner -$15 Million to $75 Million

(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,               

Clarksburg, WV                                  

  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:              

  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:

Beautiful You



 Book, Beijing Olympic artworks collections 


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