For the Earth and Nature
At 15 metres one of the tallest sculptures in the whole of China, Pro Terra et Natura is an expressive figure group that represents the gentle spirits of Mother Earth and of Nature. It captures serenity, hope and harmony that draw on the artist’s lifetime love of nature, conveying purity, innocence and vulnerability. Contoured pathways in the shape of a butterfly lead to the work, which rises impressively from two magnolia-petal-shaped ponds.
Pro Terra et Natura was chosen from over 300 proposals for a monumental work of art to be erected in the prime location of Lujiazui Central Park in Pudong, at the heart of Shanghai’s financial district. With its finance and trade zone that serves as the economic hub of modern China, Pudong is rapidly becoming one of the world’s most prominent financial centres. Pro Terra et Natura sits in an oasis of green at the base of three of the most imposing skyscrapers in China in this metropolis of over 23 million people.
The unprecedented public sculpture project, selected for its aesthetic qualities and meaning, was commissioned with the cooperation of the Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui Development Company, the Pudong Cultural Department and the Shanghai Municipal Planning Bureau.
The emergence of Pro Terra et Natura, from the sculpting of the first models in spring 2009, through preparation of immense support structures of steel mesh in 2010 and thorough foundation work on site to pre-empt damage by adverse weather or earthquakes, was a long and carefully planned process. The sculpture was officially unveiled in August 2011, a gift to the citizens of Shanghai from Halcyon Gallery.