The story behind the tiger


The Fu tiger outside the cafeteria.

When Te Ho Wu was asked to sculpt a tiger for our new courtyard, he imagined a creature that was friendly and pettable.
“The sculptor came maybe five times. He couldn’t design the tiger until he felt the space,” Dr Hennessy said. “We wanted a tiger that kids would pet when they went by. A cute tiger, not the mean athletic one, not a ferocious one.”
Sculptor Te Ho Wu visits his work of art, the Fu tiger.

This granite tiger was donated by Dr Jieh Jow Liou, who often donates art pieces to institutions that mean a lot to his family. “It’s his way of leaving a legacy. He really likes to beautify outdoor spaces; he creates beautiful rock gardens and sculptures,” Dr Hennessy said. Dr Liou’s grandchildren attend TAS, and his daughter, Jean Liu, chaired the schoolboard for many years.
The “Fu Tiger”, whose name means “lucky Tiger” in Mandarin, symbolizes the friendliness and warmth of the TAS community. Be sure to give him a pat for good luck next time you pass him by!