Tree of Friendship cements city relationship

12 November 2014

A Tree of Friendship sculpture representing the relationship between Mosman Council and the Chinese city of Mudanjiang has been unveiled at the Allan Border Oval.

The work, by artist Ann Cape who studied at an art institute in the region, was launched during a visit by a delegation from Mosman’s friendship city Mudanjiang.

The Mosman sculpture was installed in 2008, while a twin sculpture of the work is also on display in China.

After formally welcoming the delegation, Mosman Mayor Cr Peter Abelson unveiled the sculpture’s plaque along with Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Mudanjiang Municipal People’s Congress, Heilongjiang Province, Yang Ming.

“This tree is a permanent symbol of the strong people-to-people ties between our two communities,” Cr Abelson said.

“The two statues provide an everyday reminder of the strong and enduring bond between our cities.”

As part of the 16-year relationship, Mosman has assisted Mudanjiang through its Girl Child Project supporting education for girls and in providing books and computers in schools.