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Ni-ni, the Swallow

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

I intend to offer this 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", "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.

"Every spring and summer, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular."

"Ni-ni's figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Swallow is also pronounced "yan" in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city."

"Among Fuwa, Ni-ni is as innocent and joyful as a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring."

(Text taken from 2008 Olympics Web site)

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