Hai Ying Wu

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Hai Ying Wu
Born China
Education Sichuan Fine Arts Institute
Known for art, memorials
Notable work Seattle Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial, Auto-Lite Strike Memorial
Movement Socialist realism

Hai Ying Wu (also known as Jason Wu) is a Chinese American sculptor best known for his firefighter memorials.[1] and his memorial commemorating the Auto-Lite Strike in Toledo, Ohio.

A native of China, Wu received his degree in sculpture from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, and became staff sculptor for the city of Chengdu on the Chengdu Public Arts Commission.[2][3] He worked primarily in public art and in the "socialist realist" genre.[4] A large number of his public art works can be seen in Chengdu.[2] He participated in the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, and was caught in the square when the Chinese military attacked the demonstrators.[5] He emigrated to the United States later that same year, and in time became a U.S. citizen.[3] He worked in construction and as a dishwasher before enrolling in the University of Washington School of Art.[4] He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree.[3][6] For his master's thesis, he designed a memorial to 19th-century Chinese railroad workers which was later installed in a park in Tacoma, Washington.[3]

As of 2007, he divided his time between his home in Everett, Washington, and China.[7]

Wu is best known for sculpting the Seattle Fallen Fire Fighters Memorial in Seattle's Pioneer Square.[8] A design competition was held among all interested students in the UW School of Arts, and Wu's design was chosen.[3] He has erected similar memorials throughout the Pacific Northwest. He also created the Auto-Lite Strike Memorial in Toledo, which commemorates the violent United Auto Workers strike of 1934.[9] His work for Compass Health in Everett, Washington, was his first sculpture to focus on children.[10]

Public works[edit]

Among Wu's public works are:


  1. ^ Christina Hall (June 12, 2007). "Toledo's fallen firefighters are honored in memorial". The Toledo Blade. 
  2. ^ a b "School Offers Art Sessions." The Arlington Times. November 9, 1994.
  3. ^ a b c d e Monsanto, Mae. "Warning: One Hot Creation." Daily UW. January 21, 1997.
  4. ^ a b Paynter, Susan. "Artist Tributes to Firefighters Cause Sparks." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. May 17, 1996.
  5. ^ John, Jennifer. "A Promise Kept." UAW Solidarity. December 12, 2002.
  6. ^ "Seattle Fallen Firefighter's Memorial." Seattle Fire Department. City of Seattle, Washington. November 28, 2006.
  7. ^ Hall, Christina. "Final 3 Chosen for Memorial to Toledo Firefighters." Toledo Blade. June 11, 2007.
  8. ^ Schubert, Ruth. "Memorial Honors 31 Firefighters Who Gave Everything." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. January 24, 1997; Ohlsen, Becky. Seattle: City Guide. Oakland, Calif.: Lonely Planet Books, 2008. ISBN 1-74059-834-2.
  9. ^ "Auto-Lite Strike Memorial." Toledo Blade. May 25, 2006.
  10. ^ "Artist Gives from the Heart to Encourage Young Troubled Souls." Press release. Compass Health. January 21, 2003.
  11. ^ "Compass Health Center Gets Sculpture, Merges With Health Provider." Everett Business Journal. March 1, 2003.
  12. ^ "Northglenn Chooses Sculptor." Rocky Mountain News. October 5, 2001.