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  Scent of Books
The toppled cup spills coffee over the pile of books, infusing fragrance into the air. The hollow in the books symbolises the emptiness of Zen Buddhism, giving immense imagination between being and non-being. It signifies an open and non-constrained mind. The untidy pile of books conveys a sense of variation and irregularity,corresponding to the constantly changing environment. 407*352*660 (cm), copper, 2004
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B
  Music of the Land
Solid rock can be made into fine objects, which seem to compose delightful tunes touching a chord with us. The carved stone instruments displayed are rich in sensory imagery. The four works represent the contours of the clarinet, French horn, mandolin, and harp. If our eyes can ‘hear’ the notes imagined, we will probably be able to see the land brimming over with different melodies flowing through the air. If our eyes can ‘hear’, we may have a mind receptive to the colours of the world. Can you ‘hear’ Ceylon olive trees? When they grow up, they will form a leafy shade to protect us from the scorching sun. Perhaps one day in a campus corner, we will find how elightful life is for the music of the land that we can ‘hear’.
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C
  Dialogue
Two silhouette portraits are located in the crescent plaza between the College of Law and the College of Management. The one near the College of Law is the German legal scholar, Rudolf von Jhering (1818-1892), sometimes called the father of sociological jurisprudence. The one near the College of Management is the American economist, Peter Ferdinand Drucker (1909-2005), the inventor of modern management. They represent different views and opinions from different academic fields, but they are able to exchange ideas through dialogue. The reflections on the metal ball symbolise communication. This art project highlights the value of collaboration and interdisciplinary learning.
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D
  Rock of Time
The rock, an object in celebration of the University’s fourth anniversary, stands close to seventy-seven newly planted mahogany trees in the western campus. The rock bears witness to the University’s establishment and represents our blessing to alumni. About one metre in depth under the rock is a box containing a single volume of collected notes where our first class of graduates (2004) wrote down their learning experiences on campus as well as expectations for themselves, fellow students, faculty members, and the University. The box can be unearthed on occasions of the fiftieth anniversary, of the first anniversary chaired by the president and alumnus/a, or for the celebration of any remarkable achievement of our alumni.
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E
  Dance of the Dragonfly
What is it like when public art is integrated into ecological landscape? The artist Tseng Wan-ting remarks that her work was inspired by the natural and ecological campus, which boasts wetland areas, rock gardens, and bushes and woods, where insects like dragonflies and birds come to nest, and plants like cosmos, rapeseed flowers, and sunflowers grow and bloom. The work is made of weathering pottery, wood, stainless steel (eyes) and iron (wings). To show the dragonfly’s slim figure and graceful movement, the wings, installed with mobile joints, are designed to move with the wind just as a windmill.
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F
  River of Remembrance
Located by the river bank, the work is created as a single complex with the names of its donators, the EMBA graduates, engraved on the bricks. This project represents
an unforgettable memory of their stay on campus. Its varied forms and shapes correspond to the spatial and temporal transformation of river landscapes, and meanwhile carry an image of human growth after birth. The seating areas imply a time-out in one’s life.
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G
  Adai – the Guardian on Campus
In a campus corner, a sculpture of a beagle is placed on a stone seat. It is Adai, one of our campus residents. Adai had been a stray dog before settling down in the porter room. As a playful dog, Adai was well adored on campus. In the early days of the University, Adai was a faithful companion to the then Dean of General Affairs, Professor Shyh-meng Huang, especially when the latter was inspecting the construction sites. Their good friendship was vividly described in Professor Huang’s diary. In one night of August 2004, Adai was attacked by wild dogs and died from massive bleeding. After its death,
Professor Huang invited Professor Hsien-te Lin, from the Department of Architecture of National Cheng Kung University, to design and sculpt a bronze bust of it.
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H
  The Pavilion
Located on the hill beside the softball field, the pavilion, a gift from our EBMA graduates, is a collective project of the Department of Urban Development and Architecture. With steps leading to the top, the pavilion is a symbol of eminence that one day rise to greatness in the future. This is a place where one can truly relax.
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I
  The Old Coral Tree
The tree was grown on the western campus in 2000 when the University was just established and had a vast waste land. When the gardener Ming-chuan Chang discovered it in the nearby neighborhood, its owner kindly gave it to us as a gift to decorate the bare campus. A memorial tablet near the tree is dedicated to the late Professor Chien-hui Huang for his enormous ontribution to the University. His expertise in law and skills in interpersonal relationship greatly facilitated the establishment of the NUK.
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J
  Rooting in the Land
Carved Stone Roadblockers Why not take a break here? Passers-by may find it difficult to repress their smiles at these tooth-like stone stools! The artistic work mirrors the image of teeth rooting in the human body and represents the University’s wish to root traditional culture and crafts in Kaohsiung. Launched and financed by Professor Shyh-meng Huang from the Graduate Institute of Urban Development and Architecture, this project was carried out by ten students from the Department of Traditional Crafts and Design and their supervisors.
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K
  Unlock the Secrets of the Land
Located near the Sports Centre, this work of art utilises white marble, yellow copper, and blue LEDs. The key symbolises a process of search, the marble represents the vastness and traits of the land, and the flowing surfaces of the rocks convey a sense of vitality. This project calls for our attention to the rich natural resources and cultural heritage on earth, which may be discovered if we observe carefully and know how to love and respect the land. The work gives us different visual experiences during the daytimes and nighttimes. With outdoor projection and solar-powered LED lighting, it gives off bluish light at night, creating a mystery ambiance.
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