For one and all

For ONE and all

Sri-Lankan  born Dr Chellapah is well known in the international community for working as a  volunteer dental surgeon.

Dr Chellappah, says he feels so blessed from what life has offered him and is  always seeking different ways to give back to the community. For the  University, he has made an extraordinary gift of art, which stands for the personal  values that have provided him with strength in his life’s journey.
“This country has provided  my family with a sense of security, belonging and hope,” said Dr Chellappah.

"University students have  inquiring minds, and it is hoped that with periodic exposure to this sculpture,  they may think about identifying and attaining goals with principles.”

The ONE Scupture

The  University delightfully accepted Dr Chellappah’s idea to commission a sculpture  for the campus.  The concept needed to  explore the themes of truth, non-violence, love and peace. The artist chosen to  create the work was Geoffrey Drake-Brockman, a cybernetics artist specialising  in large-scale public installations. Drake-Brockman has exhibited nationally  and internationally and is personally fascinated by stories about ‘made beings’  such as Pinnochio, Coppelia and Frankenstein. He also commonly uses reflective  or mirrored surfaces, just as he has for this sculpture. “This inclusion is  deliberate, as I see every created being as a kind of mirror.”

Titled ONE, the sculpture is  a self-supporting triangulated structure that splits into three twisting arms  of stainless steel that join at both the top and bottom ends. It includes a  mirror polished surface, with a red interior that references the ochre of  central Australia and the colour of blood.

The ONE Sculpture artist

Engineering  the huge artwork took a year to execute, and in mid-November 2019, the  sculpture was officially installed on campus at the University after making its  way from Perth.

“The mirrored exterior  reflects back on people. The idea of being part of a work, of being implicated  in the work and part of the composition leads to a notion of accountability  and responsibility. We’re here as active participants of the system, we  can’t just slip by without being involved.”

Vice-Chancellor and  President of the University, Professor Deep Saini says the generosity of Dr Chellappah will ensure those in the University community, and the wider  Canberra community will enjoy and reflect on the values the sculpture  represents.

“ONE is intended to  speak to values for living: truth, right conduct, love, peace and non-violence.  This is a direct association with the University’s vision of building a safe  and respectful campus community,” said Professor Saini.

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