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Monument to ragtime musician J.W. Boone - Copyright © 2016 Ai Qiu Hopen all rights reserved
Monument to ragtime musician J.W. Boone
Study for "Blind" Boone musican

John Willam Blind Boone, the famed musician of the ragtime era. Ai Qiu won her first major figurative commission in the USA in 2000, shortly after emigrating from China . Her maquette study of John Willam "Blind" Boone, won the commission for a heroic scale bronze for Blind Boone park, in Warrensburg, Mo. The committee was charmed by the lively and lyrical style of Ai Qiu¡¯s dramatic portrayal of Boone at the keys of his piano, adrift in a melodic reverie. A year later, the large bronze was installed and received an enthusiastic response from the community . "This beautiful moving sculpture is so incredibly thrilling to see and be around..... I hope she can create a sculpture for every city in America." Sandy Irle, Blind Boone park committee chair
Study for blind Boone
drawing study for John william 'blind' Boone
Sculptor at work
sculptor at work
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