The proposed design for an entrance sculpture to the Shenzhen Southern University of Science and Technology is a metaphor of formal contrasts to design a campus landmark.
There is a chinese saying parents tell their children when they leave home for university ” ???? “, which means roughly translated : “ride on the wings of an eagle to your success”. The wing-shaped design for the sculpture is a formal translation of this saying. The sculpture serves as an entrance gate and is a connection of 2 opposites: the fluid, lower part connects the gate to the gentle hills of the landscape in the background and carries a grid of lights, which can be seen as a connection to the cosmos – a contrast of the earth and the sky.
Furthermore the landmark should symbolize a freedom of thinking on one hand and certain guidelines on the other hand, which stand for a system and order in science – a contranst of endless possibilities and technical limitations.
With those opposites, the sculpture describes what a modern Technical University should stand for – a symbiosis of nature and technology.