Ai Qiu Hopen, Memorial Designer, Sculptor
“Love Wins, Always”
Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Project
"Our commission came to the very long and difficult decision to move forward with another memorial design, however 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 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:
2020 finalist, National Competition. Diversity Committee of Sarasota, FL for a significant commemorative art project for Bayfront Park in downtown, to give the local community and tourists an opportunity to reflect on the City’s path to inclusivity.
2019, Finalist, National Competition, Dozier Boys Memorial to honor over 100 dozier boys victims, Florida State Capital
2013 Aiqiu won an open national competition in USA for a major civil right movement monument for foot soldiers , The 1963 Birmingham civil right movement lead by Martin Luther King and movement in other cities changed America history forced the pass law of 1964 civil right act that outlaw discrimination based on race.
In 2017, Finalist, an international design competition Ed Johnson Lynch memorial.
Ai Qiu' sculptures and poetry are reflections her deep meditations on humanity and justice, sympathy and harmony of the world, she calls her work “humble labor in countless gestures of prayer for unity.” Aiqiu earned her international reputation as professional sculptor by winning the shanghai international sculpture competition, In 2005 selected from an international field of 362 sculptors by shanghai government and commissioned “Songs of Harmony” for down town Shanghai Harmony park.
Humanity Public Art Design Team National Competitively awarded commissions inside USA and abroad:
2019 National Monument to civil right Icon Idle B. Well 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
2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Wangari Mathaai, 6ft portrait bronze with bronze tree and dove , St Scholastica plaza, Benedictine University, Atchison,KS
2010-2011 “Wedding at Cana” Eight life size bronze figures with 6 large wine/water jars, Wichita Spiritual life Center, Wichita, Kansas
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. Budget. Life size $525,000
2005 Charlie Chaplin for China national sculpture park (Shanghai Oriental park
2005 selected from an international field by shanghai government and commissioned “Songs of Harmony” with musical fountain for down town Shanghai Harmony Park
2003 “John William "Blind" Boone” Seated bronze figure 1.25x lifesize Blind Boone Memorial
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
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.
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
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
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:
Book, Beijing Olympic artworks collections
Email: Messageofpeace8@gmail.com (304)765 5611
Address: 227 Main Street, Sutton WV 26601, USA.