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THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

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Fragment of stone from the Great Wall of China

INTERESTING FACTS
Jones and Ginzel had quite a struggle in obtaining this relic. At first, three letters were sent to the Chinese Consul General in New York City: one from the artists describing the project, another from the then Principal of Stuyvesant describing the high school and expressing interest in an artifact for educational purposes. A third was from the Director of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs describing the Percent for Art Program and endorsing the artists' efforts. After receiving no answer, Jones called and had a conversation with at person at the Chinese Consulate who recommended writing the Chinese Ambassador in Washington D.C. Jones wrote the Chinese Ambassador sending the same three letters. A week later a representative from the Chinese Embassy called Jones and discussed obtaining an artifact from the Great Wall, recommending that it would be easier to ask for a small discarded fragmet of the Great Wall from an American posted in the American Embassy in Shanghai. Jones was told that American Embassy employees have chauffeurs and cars and are always going to visit the most visited tourist attraction - The Great Wall-- he said Chinese employees never go because they do not have cars and it is too far to bicycle. So Jones wrote to the American Ambassador to China requesting an insignificant discarded fragment from the Great Wall and received a reply stating that because the Great Wall was an unrenewable cultural resource that it would be impossible for the Ambassador or any American Embassy official to ‘vandalize’ the historic monument but that he would be happy to send bottles of Yellow River Water - which he did ! Finally after the various volleys back and forth, Jones was able to contact a student travel group and convince an American student to kneel down at the base of the Great Wall and pick up a few fragments from the ground--this is how the Great Wall fragment was finally obtained!

 

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