Intricate logo design of University of Indonesia.
I was a student here, and am very proud of my almamater to this day.
It’s one of the oldest university of Indonesia.
And this is the history behind its logo…
The earliest form of the logo of Universitas Indonesia was created in 1952 by Sumaxtono (born as Sumartono), a student from the 1951 Art Department class, Faculty of Engineering, at the time known as the Fakulteit Teknik Universiteit Indonesia, in Bandung.
The logo is the kala-makara, a symbol of the two sources of energy in nature. Kala is the energy from above (the power of the sun), while makara represents the energy from below (the power of the Earth). The two powers are combined and stylized into a symbol that represents the function of Universitas Indonesia as a source of knowledge.
The logo of Universitas Indonesia carries the following interpretation:
- The tree, which includes the buds and the branches, represents science and its branches, implying as well that the buds will soon flourish and turn into new branches of science. The buds will continue to blossom as long as the main tree is alive. By this, Sumaxtono intended to state that branches of sciences will continuously grow.
- Water pouring down from the makara signifies the works of science.
And for my own notes, this is the history of my almamater, UI.