MEDIA ADVISORY: Acclaimed Chinese Artist to Join Franklin Graham to Unveil Billy Graham Sculptures
China's 'Portrait Diplomat'—Who Sketched Nelson Mandela, Sculpted Abraham Lincoln—Honors Graham as 'Sower,' 'Messenger of Hope'
Respected Chinese artist Yuan Xikun, whose 48-inch bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln was gifted to former President Barack Obama by the leader of China, will unveil two sculptures of the late Billy Graham in a ceremony at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Friday, Sept. 28, alongside Graham's son Franklin.
Ceremony to unveil two sculptures of Billy Graham
Friday, Sept. 28, 2:30 p.m. ET (media arrival no later than 2:15 p.m. ET)
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association headquarters
1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201
Chinese artist Yuan Xikun and Billy Graham's son Franklin Graham
Scott Knuteson, 770.317.0499
A statue, "Billy Graham as Sower," and a bust, "Billy Graham as Messenger of Hope," were crafted as the final two sculptures Yuan plans to produce in his career. They were donated by the artist to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a gesture to honor Graham's life, global influence and special connection to China, which was the birthplace of his late wife, Ruth, and the location for six of Graham's crusades in the late 1980s and early '90s.
About Yuan Xikun
Yuan has long served as a "Portrait Diplomat." While living in Japan in the 1980s, Yuan gained a reputation for his skillful portrait sketches of the Japanese royal family. Since then, he has been invited to draw ink-and-wash portraits for 152 foreign dignitaries, which were acknowledged and signed by those dignitaries. Yuan's sculptures of international celebrities have been collected and unveiled by governments, museums and international organizations in the United States, Japan, Greece, Russia and many others. His sculptures can also be seen in the United States, including an Abraham Lincoln sculpture at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial and the National Archive, and "Pioneer of Railroad" at the Amtrak Lounge of Los Angeles Union Station.
About Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is a nonprofit organization that directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries from its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, including: large-scale festivals led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; The Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, North Carolina; SearchforJesus.net, an internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the internet. For more information, please visit billygraham.org. Get news updates on Twitter at Twitter.com/BGEAnews.