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Aspen artist’s workheaded for Athens

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By Eben HarrellAspen Times Staff WriterAt 82, Paul Soldner just might be the oldest participant in the Summer Games. Of course he won’t be sprinting, swimming or cycling.Rather, Soldner will participate in an art exhibition to be held in Greece in conjunction with the 2004 Olympic celebrations.An internationally known artist who has lived in Aspen since 1955, Soldner will provide three pieces of work for an International Olympic Park of Ceramic Sculpture in Athens. His work will be presented alongside the work of artists from 20 countries around the world.Soldner said he chose the three pieces from ones he had already constructed.”The pieces are clay, abstract sculptures that I find challenging,” Soldner said. “Hopefully, other people will find them interesting.”Although retired from his position at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., Soldner still offers workshops around the world each year and creates around 40 new sculptures a year.Soldner will travel to Athens for the opening of the exhibition in August.Eben Harrell’s e-mail address is eharrell@aspentimes.com


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