The Fuwa That Were Not

March 11, 2009

In today’s WSJ, we report on the creative process that went into creating the Fuwa, the mascots for Beijing’s Olympics.

The artist behind the Fuwa, Han Meilin, told us that his original vision for the creatures was five children, who could represent the five elements and five Olympic rings.

Here’s what one of his early designs looks like, as seen on a page from his sketch book.

Although the final Fuwa are very different, Han still refers to them as his “children.”

Earlier fuwa designs

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