San Antonio museum welcomes donated 6-ton rock from China

Texas_Museum_Donated_Rock_99210 In this May 31, 2019 photo, a six-and-a-half-ton scholar's rock from the city of Wuxi, China, is delivered to the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas. The rock will be installed on the museum campus in November.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)
Texas_Museum_Donated_Rock_50942 In this May 31, 2019 photo, a detail of a six-and-a-half-ton scholar's rock from the city of Wuxi, China, is shown at the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas. The rock will be installed on the museum campus in November. (Carlos Javier Sanchez/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)
Texas_Museum_Donated_Rock_87094 In this May 31, 2019 photo, a six-and-a-half-ton scholar's rock from the city of Wuxi, China, is delivered to the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas. The rock will be installed on the museum campus in November.(Carlos Javier Sanchez/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A museum in South Texas has welcomed a big boulder.

A crane was used to maneuver the more than 6-ton (5.44-metric ton) rock donated to the San Antonio Museum of Art from a sister city in China.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the limestone rock, which was unloaded Friday, is a gift from Wuxi (woo-shee) in honor of San Antonio’s Tricentennial.

The donation joins the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection of scholars’ rocks and will be installed on campus in November.

Shawn Yuan, assistant curator of Asian art at the museum, says scholars’ rocks have long been prized by elite members of Chinese society. Small ones are placed on tables as sources of inspiration representing nature. Larger pieces, like the new arrival, are typically displayed near water in gardens.

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Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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