News Details | 02-Aug-2010

President S R Nathan launches NTU’s Legacy Sculpture for the Youth Olympic Village and officiates at Convocation dinner for the university’s largest graduating cohort

A new sculpture to inspire future generations of young people of the Olympic values of Excellence, Respect and Friendship has been installed at Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Yunnan Garden Campus. 

The stainless steel art piece, named "The Wind and Wings", was created to commemorate the university’s honour of being the world’s first Youth Olympic Village.  It was launched today by Singapore’s President S R Nathan, who is also the Chancellor of NTU.  NTU commissioned award-winning Singaporean artist, Yeo Chee Kiong to design the sculpture, which is more than six-and-a-half metres high and weighs three tons.

Using his signature ‘bulbous’ forms, Yeo created a “butterfly blossom” perched on top of a budding shoot sprinkled in raindrops as well as a ‘silver’ shadow sprouting from the ground.  He uses the metamorphosis of the butterfly to symbolise the transformative experience the young athletes will have at the Youth Olympic Village in NTU’s Yunnan Garden campus. 

NTU President, Dr Su Guaning, said, “Being the world’s first Youth Olympic Village is a milestone that will go down in NTU’s history especially as we are celebrating our 55th anniversary this year.  The nature-inspired sculpture synergises with the “green” features at the Games Village, in line with our focus on environmental sustainability.  They also support the Olympic movement’s key pillars emphasising the environment, alongside sports and culture.”

The Youth Olympic Village Sculpture was spearheaded by Mr Anthony Teo, Secretary to the University, who also chairs the NTU-YOG Steering Committee and Legacy Art Panel. Mr Teo said, “The sculpture is a timely addition to NTU’s new Campus Master Plan which seeks to create spaces in the university for engagement with the arts. We have chosen a central location on a high promontory of our garden campus to bring forth the evocative sensations of this sculpture.

“The ‘silvery reed’ of steel with the effervescent mythical butterfly has a unique ability to mute and accentuate a repertoire of over 100 colour variations – from sweet lilac to shocking red – through the lighting that we have specially developed for it,” he adds.

Depicting elements from nature, the Legacy Sculpture complements NTU’s pro-environment initiatives for the Youth Olympic Village.  Just last month, NTU launched GreenLite, Singapore’s first truly green bus. This hydrogen-electric bus has zero carbon emission as it does not run on fossil fuel, emitting only clean water as its by-product. As it does not have a combustion engine like conventional buses, it is also low on noise, making a ride on GreenLite pleasantly quiet. The bus will ferry the athletes and officials within the Village during the Games period, and thereafter serve as a feeder service from Boon Lay interchange to NTU.

Besides refurbishing its sports facilities and more than 3,500 rooms across the 10 selected Halls of Residence for the games village, the University has also put in place various eco-friendly features like energy-efficient air conditioners, motion-detecting sensor lights and fans in common areas, water-saving taps in all toilets as well as energy-efficient light fittings.

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