In collaboration with the Office of the Vice-President (Development & External Relations) and the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM), the Library was honored to organize the exhibition Walking with Omura's Whale (WOW) in the Library's Wofoo Foundation Gallery. The exhibition opened on 26th April and is due to end on 28th May, 2017.
In 2014, the carcass of a 10.8 metre-long Omura's Whale was found beached in Hung Shek Mun, Tai Po. This species of whale was only recently discovered in 2003 after a detailed genetic analysis. Staff from the School of Veterinary Medicine and students from various CityU departments scanned and 3D-printed the whole skeleton. Even though it was half the size of the original, it still took 296 days to complete all the printing. At the exhibition, visitors can view not only this skeleton but also real bones from the Omura's Whale, a Chinese white dolphin, a porpoise as well as a human bone. A 3D printer is also on display showing how a whale’s bone is printed.
The Walking with Omura’s Whale (WOW) Programme, funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, aims to create a multimedia presentation about the life of the Omura’s Whale by using a mix of virtual and augmented reality technologies to arouse public awareness about conservation and nature. A student team will be recruited to create various materials such as VR (virtual reality) products, games and apps. They will also be responsible for community outreach activities to deliver the message to the public through the multimedia presentation.
The opening ceremony was successfully held on 28 April 2017. Dr. Richard Brown, WOW Programme Coordinator, Dr. Hongbo Fu, Associate Dean (Research, Postgraduate Programmes and Administration) / Associate Professor of SCM, Dr. Weiyin Ma, Associate Professor of MBE, Dr. Wo Wing Cheng, Visiting Fellow of SVM, Mr. Henry Tsui, Project Manager of VPDE, and Ms. Lisa Kwan, the University Librarian were invited to be the officiating guests. Dr. Brown commented that it was most likely a world first to have a 3D-printed Omura’s Whale skeleton. In her closing remarks Ms. Kwan said that in the future she hoped to work collaboratively with many more departments across the university to organize meaningful projects like this one.