The world’s largest foram sculpture park has opened to the public after completion in Qingdao
Web Editor:Zhao Yuxun
The world’s largest foram sculpture exhibition and science popularization base as well as the only coastal foram sculpture park in Asia or even in the world has been recently completed and opened to the public in the West Coast New Area.
The foram sculpture park is located in the green belt on the two sides of the long and narrow landscape road in City Balcony Scenic Spot, West Coast New Area. 204 foram sculptures irregularly distributed are different from one to another in shape, height and color. Some looks like scallop, some looks like screw, some is spindle-shaped, some is pendant-shaped, some is like a peacock flaunting its wings. Under each sculpture is a name card briefly introducing their names and magnification times. They vividly present a colorful marine biological world.
These sculptures and the surrounding green grass and trees set off each other and constitute jointly a beautiful scroll which attracts many curious tourists to stop by for appreciating and commenting.
The foram sculpture park is jointly constructed by the West Coast New Area Government and Madam Zheng Shouyi, who is academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences and an outstanding marine biologist.
Zheng Shouyi has engaged in the classification and ecological research of modern foram in Chinese different sea areas for over 60 years and won the highest award in the international foram research field, namely Cushman Award. Foram is a biological indicator used by scientists to study paleo-ocean, paleoclimate and paleotemperature during glacial epoch and late glacial period as well as an important evidence to study the earth geological evolution history and is of vital importance to science popularization. When Zheng Shouyi just returned to China from abroad, the Chinese modern foram research was almost a piece of paper. According to Zheng Shouyi, foram has a geological conservation history of over 500 million years, over 40,000 varieties in different geological periods have been discovered, and there are over 6,000 current living species that are known, it is widely distributed and exist in large quantity, it is extremely sensitive to the surrounding environment and condition, as an important kind of strati-graphic marker and biological indicator for marine environment, it is widely applied in many scientific research fields including geology, geochemistry, stratigraphy, palaeoecology and paleooceanography, it is reputed as “a little giant in the sea”.
Zheng Shouyi has dedicated her whole life to foram research and personally carved hundreds of foram archetypes. To enable more people to have the access to these tiny creatures in the micro-world, with her help and facilitation, in 2007, the first foram sculpture park in the world was completed in her hometown, Guangdong Province, Sanxiang Town, Xiao Lang Huan, where there are 114 utterly different foram sculptures. Later, Zheng Shouyi, who has engaged in marine scientific research for 60 years, has come up with the idea of building a large foram sculpture park with large quantity, more distinctive local features and fascinating marine features in North China. In 2016, she made a consensus with Qingdao Municipal Government and West Coast New Area Government that 4.445 million Yuan would be invested by the West Coast New Area Government to build up the foram sculpture park.
All foram in the sculpture park are made according to the original appearance, even the stone used for the sculptures can match the original color. To ease the public, especially children to watch, every foram sculpture is fitted on a pedestal with a height of 1.2 to 1.5m. Compared to original foram, foram sculptures are magnified for hundreds of times to hundreds of thousands of times. Among them, a Emiliania huxley sculpture has been magnified for 250,000 times compared to the original.
This foram sculpture park not only received 37 foram sculptures donated freely by Zheng Shouyi, but also obtained the right to use about 200 sets of foram models. In addition, Zheng Shouyi also called on her overseas relatives and friends and donated a few more foram sculptures in succession. Currently, in the park, the highest foram sculpture is 1.8m and the lowest is only 0.8m.