On 7th November 2019, Dr. Naren Chellappah, OAM, a longstanding member of the Australian Sathya Sai community and a recipient of the Sai Lion award in 2019, donated a sculpture titled ‘ONE’ to the University of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. The sculpture was officially unveiled by the university’s Vice Chancellor during a dedication ceremony in front of an audience of about 80, including senior SSIO leaders, university faculty members and the public.
At the unveiling ceremony, Dr. Chellappah said, “The structure, ONE, is on a base which has the human values for life that I was taught; Truth, Right Conduct, Love, Peace and Non-violence, written over a background of Aboriginal motifs. Australia, was established, as ONE harmonious entity made up of people of differing countries of origin, race, colour, religion and political beliefs and so on, living together in peace.”
The large sculpture stands 5 metres tall, made out of stainless steel. Its mirrored exterior reflects the viewer, encouraging them to feel that they are part of the structure, evoking the sense of Oneness. The inside of the structure is a deep red to signify that under the surface, all beings are the same, whilst also reflecting the rich red earth of Australia.