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July 9, 1999
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        VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Li Xiu Qin, a visiting artist from the China National Academy of Fine Arts in Hangzhou, will unveil her recent work at the Washington State University at Vancouver campus on Wednesday, July 14. The sculpture will be formally added to the campus' permanent art collection at a 10 a.m. ceremony.
        The major work, titled "Opening the Secret," is created from volcanic basalt native to the region. Large stones are designed to resemble huge books. The stones are split open to reveal secret messages in American and Chinese Braille portrayed through concave openings as well as bronze rods.
        "The process of translating these touchable messages becomes a bridge uniting visual and sight-impaired people," said Xiu Qin.
        Sight-impaired representatives from the Washington State School of the Blind have been invited to the sculpture's dedication.
        The sculpture, located behind the campus library, will be the second major outdoor artwork on the campus walking trail. "The Wailing Bell," by Wayne Chabre, was installed in September 1998.
        Support for the artist and her work came from several local companies, including Pacific Rock Products, LLC, Kevin Spencer Stone Company, Groat Bros. Trucking, and the Associated Students of WSU Vancouver.

Editors note: To view or download a digital photograph of the sculpture, go to this link on the WSU Web site: <>.



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