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Bei-bei, the Fish

I embroidered Beibei, one of five mascots of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, to honor the Chinese government for organizing the 2008 Olympics.

On February I will present two more mascots which I intend to offer as a present to the International Olympic Committee for organizing the games.

I would be very happy to receive an official invitation from the Chinese government to present my works of art in an exhibit during the Olympic Games in Beijing next year.

In this exhibit I will present works from my exhibit during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

My embroideries which portray "The Chinese Wall", "Buddha", "Confucius" and the "National Symbol of China" have been created to honor the fellow country of the People’s Republic of China for its contribution to world culture.

My art portraying "Big Ben", the "Tower of London", and "Buckingham Palace", of the United Kingdom, a fellow country, is intended to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain – the country which is entrusted with the responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games in 2012.

"In China's traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life."

"The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring."

(Text from 2008 Olympics Web site)