As I promised in the blog. “Funny Thought of the Week“, here are some pictures of Westlake Expo 1929 of Grandfather’s renderings and actual buildings. I pulled them from the recent 400 page Westlake Expo picture book we acquired from China. We are now trying to reach the author. If you know him or can possibly reach him, we would like to talk to him as it seems he’s been collecting photos and memorabilia for years to publish this book! We are of course hoping he has some of Liu’s original artwork!
The Westlake Expo opened on June 6, 1929 lasting 137 days. There were 14,760,000 items in the exhibit with 20,000,000 visitors. Liu Jipiao was the lead architect/designer dedicating 6 months of his life to organizing this event. He and others such as Lin Fengmian and Cai Yuanpei felt that China needed to see what the outside world could offer to build a stronger, more beautiful country in a time of transition and political upheaval.
For more information you can also read “Westlake 1929 to Shanghai Expo 2010“, which tells of how we learned about Liu’s involvement in the Expo and the an article published in China about the event.
Enjoy the photos!