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Interdisciplinary Public Art CommissionsReaching HighSun Yu-li, ERI@N and NTU MuseumStainless Steel with Solar PanelsH5800 x Dia2200 mm2015
Reaching High was created jointly by sculptor Sun Yu-li and the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N). The sculpture was presented as the first torch at the TorchUp! Festival during the 28th SEA Games. The festival was held at ION Orchard on 7 March 2015. Reaching High is now installed at the NTU Sports and Recreation Centre.DandelionNTU CommunityMixed Media (Steel, Solar Panels, LED Lights)H7000 x Dia2000 mm2015Dandelion is NTU's first interdisciplinary artwork created entirely by the NTU Community.Standing over five metres tall, this artistic concept that marries art with technology was first presented in 2012 by Wee Yen Lynn in Arch. Fabrizio Galli's - (Visiting Artist of School of Art, Design and Media) PRO 350 Product Design IV class. Wee was then a third year student. Her work was shortlisted for development by an inter-disciplinary team of faculty and staff from the School fo Art, Design and Media (ADM), Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and NTU Museum. Dandelion is self-sustaining and is powered by renewable energy. It was built under Fabrizio's guidance and supervision, and with technological inputs from ERI@N. The work was commissioned and supported by NTU Museum's Renewable Energy Art and Public Art initiatives.Media Art Nexus (MAN)NTU CommunityDigital Art MediaH2100 x L15000 mm2016Media Art Nexus or MAN is a community public art project that aims at providing a platform for exhibiting new media digital art created by the multi-disciplinary community of NTU. Through use of the latest multi-media technologies, which are also integrated into the curriculum and will be taught in the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) class of Associate Professor Ina Conradi, this project aims to explore new terrains to enhance digital interactive media and fine art expressions. Conceived with a vision to showcase interactive artworks, MAN is created to promote interdisciplinary collaborations in art, design, science, medicine and engineering technologies. MAN is a channel for discourse, exchange, participation and novel expression of the NTU community, local and international artists, scientists, researchers, cultural and art institutions. MAN also aims to enhance students' learning experience and vibrancy on campus. MAN is the second collaborative interdisciplinary project created by NTU Museum and the School of ADM. The digital artworks exhibited are contributed by the NTU Community.FernNTU CommunityMixed Media (COR-TEN Steel, Wood and Solar Panels)H2300 x L8500 mm2017Measuring 8.5 meters long by 2.3 meters tall, Fern also functions as a bench with a seating capacity for 12 people or more. On a sunny day, the photovoltaic panels harvest solar energy and the built-in system to store energy to enable users to charge their small electrical devices at the two charging stations. An inspiration of the lush greenery of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), the artwork was conceptualised and designed by NTU students from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) in the Product Design class (2014) conducted by visiting artist Fabrizio Galli.Fern is the third collaborative renewable energy artwork on the campus created by the School of ADM, ERI@N and NTU Museum.BloomNTU CommunityMixed MediaH3000 x L11000 mm2017Bloom is inspired by the Combretum indicum (Quisqualis Indica Linn.), also known as the Chinese honeysuckle or Rangoon creeper. This sweet-smelling flower is often associated with positive qualities such as love, luck, protection and prosperity. The bloom emerges white, changes to pink and matures into deep red. Conceptualised by students from NTU's School of Art, Design and Media, Bloom was refined by their project supervisor, Fabrizio Galli, a former member of the faculty at the same school. It was enhanced and completed with the use of renewable energy technology and the addition of electronic features by a project team from the Energy Research Institute at NTU (ERI@N) and Dennis Low of the NTU Museum. The installation, which comprises 18 flowers in three different sizes connected with vines, spans 11 meters in length and three meters in height. Powered by renewable energy harvested by solar panels installed on the top of this building, Bloom is a fine example of an energy conservation and sustainable earth project. It aims to bring an awareness of conservation to the growing realm of art and design, the fundamental value of enhancing the built environment, and the innovative use of materials in contemporary art installations. The flowers come 'alive', their petals responding to visitors with rhythmic opening and closing movements. The accompanying LED lights under the tributary of the anodized aluminium vine structure interact with and respond to changing weather conditions outside by gradually changing colour from white and red to blue. Phase two of this project links the weather conditions on the main campus to Bloom and will be completed in 2018. This enhancement symbolically emphasise the strong connection between the two campuses.Bloom is the fourth collaborative renewable energy artwork on the campus created by School of ADM, ERI@N and NTU Museum. The work was commissioned in 2016 as part of NTU Museum's Renewable Energy Art and Public Art initiatives. Three other renewable energy artworks are currently on display at the main campus.
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