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Artistic scroll honors city during Expo

FIVE Chinese traditional painters today unveiled a 2.5-meter-long scroll to media showing Shanghai's landscape to honor the Expo.

Highlighting the Chinese pavilion and the Expo sites, the scroll portrays the city along the Huangpu River, from Sheshan Hill to Lujiazui Business Center.

The scroll also depicts visitors to Longhua Temple, performing at the Volunteer Plaza and sightseeing at the Bund.

"We painted this scroll, not only as a gift to the 2010 World Expo, but as a historical record of this grand gathering that will be passed to future generations," said Sun Xun, a professor with Shanghai Normal University who initiated the painting.

Sun said the idea was inspired by traditional ancient scrolls such as "Qingming Festival by the Riverside" and "Prosperous Suzhou."

To depict the whole city view in a painting scroll of just 2.5 meters long and 0.3 meters wide, the artists chose to paint some landmarks, such as the Bund and Lupu and Nanpu bridges, but hid others in mist and clouds.

"In this way, the work presents a combination of virtual and real beauty," Sun explained.

The painting team began creating the scroll last October by taking photos of Expo pavilions and the landscape on both banks of the Huangpu River.

However, they were at first guided by models of the pavilions as most were still under construction. They revised and finished the scroll just before Expo opened on May 1.

"We're very excited and a little nervous," said Sun. "We really hope the public will like it."

If the painting scroll receives a warm welcome from the public, university officials intended to make limited replicas and embroideries of it for collectors.


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