Yaxi - Contemporary Chinese Sculptor
"Tennis Terracotta Warriors"
along with fellow Chinese sculptor Shen Xiaonan and French
sculptor Laury Dizengremel created the Tennis Terracotta Warriors
(Wangqiu Binmayong) for the ATP / Tennis Master Cup Shanghai 2007.
These are monumental sculptures, approx. 2m20 in height.
This is the final image released by the ATP in Shanghai of the 8 "best of the best" tennis players in the world with their Terracotta Warrior sculptures, which was then distributed to the media worldwide (and reproduced across a double page spread in the Sunday Times in London!)
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Photo credit: ATP
(Above) Zhang Yaxi, Shen Xiaonan and Laury Dizengremel working on the two first sculptures of the Terracotta Warriors of Tennis statue series in their Tank Loft Contemporary Arts Center studio, adjacent to the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing
(Above) Chinese sculptor Zhang Yaxi working with fellow sculptor Laury Dizengremel
in late August 2007 on the Roger Federer tennis terracotta warrior sculpture in Chonqging for the Tennis Master Cup Shanghai 2007
(Above) Roger Federer with his Tennis Terracotta Warrior sculpture
Photo credit: ATP Media photographer
The 8 top tennis players in the world who qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai 2007 were portrayed as Tennis Terracotta Warriros: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick, David Ferrer, Fernando Gonzalez and Richard Gasquet.
(Above) The first 4 Tennis Terracotta Warriors with only their first patination layer applied.
Photo credit: David McBride
(Above) One of 3 small rough maquettes (sculpture study) made by the team of sculptors in June 2007 - this one by Zhang Yaxi was excellent but was modified somewhat and combined with that of Laury Dizengremel for the final larger than lifesize Tennis Terracotta Warrior series of 8 sculptures.
Photo credit: Zhang Yaxi
This shot was created by our friend David McBride who is a keen photographer and teaches animation at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute. We didn't have the time to line the Warriors up in any particular order, but they looked great against one of the walls of the Tank Loft Contemporary Arts Center in Chongqing where our studio is located. David took this in several timed images and did his magic... so the wall look curved rather than straight! You can click here to view it at a larger size.
Photo credit: David McBride
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Please note: since all visual records for this project officially belong to the ATP, Zhang Yaxi is grateful to be able to use them here and requests they not be downloaded or used without the express permission of the ATP.
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