Intensity, Representation and the Running Man





“The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep.”

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost


For all the communist architecture, DUT was a gorgeous campus; it provided a welcome refuge from the frenetic chaos of the street, it was full of magnolia and blossom trees budding in anticipatory spring and there were the most amazing sculptures everywhere.

The “running man” just outside the Arts and Architecture faculty, is amongst one of my favourite sculptures of all time; depicting China’s first Olympian in all his freeze-frame, rippled glory.

Thursday was a marathon day. Post lecture, we all devoured our noodle soups, hoping the hot broth would stave away the inevitable cold to follow. Little quail eggs, made surprise bursts of yolk-y goodness which were a delight. And then, like the running man, we were back to the classroom where the intensity escalated into the night.

As team members left with family commitments, more came to our aid. The wonderful William sketching free-hand the most incredible vistas of our proposal and all the while, I was at his computer stressing and cursing as I used Photoshop and Illustrator in Mandarin to design our brand concept for Ecopark!

It was fantastic to see different mediums bring our vision to life, the quaintness of hand-sketching and the innate talent of a great (and humble) artist.




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