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Art glass sale aids paraplegics

A CHARITY art glass exhibition and sale by major international artists will fund assistance to paraplegic patients.

The show of 13 works is underway at the Otto Bock Shanghai Enjoy Motion Store in Xintiandi.

The pieces are created by major artists, such as Bert van Loo from the Netherlands and Julius Weiland and Jens Gussek from Germany.

Otto Bock is a German manufacturer of wheelchairs, rehabilitation and medical products, which was founded in 1919.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the charity fund supported by Enjoy Motion.

"When Otto Bock apporached me with their proposal, I immediately agreed," says Karen Zheng, curator of the exhibition and owner of Levant Art Gallery. "The company has a deep understanding of the pain, suffering and needs of paraplegic patients."

"Glass is ordinary yet full of sparkle. Sometimes it jingles and then breaks into fragments. And life is fragile in the same way," says Tracy Zhang, manager of the Enjoy Motion store. "We think there is a very clear link between glass and the group of people we want to help."

Paraplegic patients, who are paralyzed from the waist down, are often ignored because of family financial difficulties, says Zhang.

"We want to find these patients," she says.

Unlike donations to the headquarters of Otto Bock, donations in this charity art sale will help patients one by one, she says.

"While we enjoy life, we should not forget those who have lost basic living skills," Zhang says. "We hope that art can finally bring us to them so we can help them."

Date: through February 20, 10am-8pm

Address: Shop 3, G/F, Tower 2, Corporate Ave, 202 Hubin Rd, Xintiandi

Tel: 6340-6308


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