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China Daily | Updated: 2021-08-02 08:58
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Imagination as art

Sculpting is a natural way for children and adolescents to express themselves. While their techniques need time to mature, the more important thing is how their observations of people and surroundings are reflected in their art. Two works-a father toying with his mobile phone while using the toilet and a day-care center crowded with energetic children-are part of the ongoing Fourth Chinese Youth Sculpture Exhibition in Datong, Shanxi province. A collaboration between the city and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the show, which runs through Aug 15, aims to inspire children and early teens to create art and imagine more. Over 400 works from across the country are being displayed, reflecting the makers' creativity in using different materials, including clay, wood, metal and plastic. Sui Jianguo, a CAFA professor and sculptor, says it is an "eye-opening" show. "What deeply touched me is (the children's) sincerity. Even though their skills are unrefined, the expression of human nature is more important. Secondly, their imagination is limitless, and their methods of creation are diverse and distinctive."

9 am-5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday.10 Wuding Jie, Pingcheng district, Datong, Shanxi province.

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