SHAH Alam City Council (MBSA)’s new addition to its International Sculpture Park near Dataran Kemerdekaan is a gift from the South Korean city of Hanam.
Hanam mayor Kim Sang Ho, who visited Shah Alam, presented the 3.4m high aluminium sculpture featuring a gingko tree, which is the South Korean city’s official tree and is also known for its medicinal benefits.
The sculpture named Blooming also has three bronze-coloured doves to signify Hanam’s migratory bird.
Shah Alam deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan welcomed Kim and his 20-member delegation.
He said the gift from Hanam city symbolises the strong friendship between Shah Alam and Hanam.
The aluminium sculpture named Blooming has been installed at the Shah Alam International Sculpture Park
In 2013, the two cities signed a memorandum of agreement to further strengthen their economic, social, cultural, information and communication technology as well as education ties to help achieve MBSA’s goal of developing Shah Alam into an international information hub.
Mohd Rashidi said the city council decided to construct the International Sculpture Park near Dataran Kemerdekaan as it is a popular recreational area for residents and surrounded by greenery.
“Hanam city’s sculpture is the first for the park and I am sure in the years to come, we will see more sculptures as we continue to forge closer ties with other neighbouring cities,” said Mohd Rashidi during a special ceremony to unveil the art piece.
“The migratory birds symbolise Hanam’s love to its sister cities and we are honoured to be one of them,” he added.
Mohd Rashidi expressed gratitude to those who produced the art piece.
“I hope it will become one of Shah Alam’s landmarks and a place where tourists will visit to have their photos taken,” he said.
The South Korean group spent three days in Shah Alam visiting several areas, including the city council, development projects in Section U13, Eco Ardence as well as SMK Seksyen 9.