Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Greenstallations : Outdoor Masterpieces In Nuvali

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Those fabulous art sculptures have been a feast to the eyes whenever I visit museums and attend art exhibits but it is a shame that these masterpieces could only be viewed inside establishments with most of them with a fee.

Most individuals belonging to the majority of our society would not bother spending even a single peso to get in a museum because their priorities would be to get pass through their daily needs of food, clothing and shelter. It is not like the "load" in your mobile phones which is also now becoming a necessity for us to keep connected and well informed.

That is why I admire those establishments that have art sculptures displayed in front of their buildings and offices. Some would even pay great amounts just to have a piece of art decorate their property. These works of art are a fascinating window to the imagination of the artists and each and everyone of us could have our own vivid interpretations of their works. But everyone all get the satisfaction of appreciating the beauty.

Nuvali, Ayala Land’s 2,290 hectare integrated eco-community in the holds a month-long program this August called Greenstallations that aims to celebrate and promote sustainable way of living through art. Owing to its commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability, NUVALI via Greenstallations sets out to promote a deeper appreciation for the arts through outdoor art installations.

From August 3 to Sept 1, 2013, specially commissioned outdoor art installations by internationally acclaimed artists will be placed around NUVALI’s lakeside commercial district unveiled August 3 at the Monochrome in NUVALI.

The artists who took part in it comprise a formidable league. They are Eduardo Castillo, Juan Carlo Calma, Mario Mallari Jr., and Michael Cacnio.


Eduardo Castillo, best known for his metal creations, particularly in brass and bronze, Castrillo’s resume includes the Paris Biennial in 1971, ‘La Pieta’ (also in 1971) at the Loyola Memorial Park and the ‘People Power’ monument (1993) on EDSA. Made of brass, Castrillo’s art piece is called “Community of Creation,” a depiction of the dynamics of creative minds coming together and working as one.  

The second artist in the roster is Juan Carlo Calma, an architect who took up sculpture, painting, and light design at California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco and has held art and architecture exhibits in San Francisco, London, and Manila. Calma's Greenstallations contribution is aptly named “Flower Primitive” as it resembles a cluster of gigantic red blooms. Created out of materials like Thick Mild Steel Sheet, welded in Anzhal Red Glossy Reflective Finish, the sculpture’s seemingly soft and pliant sheets of metal are formed into delicate flowers that gracefully blend and complement the contours of the contemporary landscape. 

Armed with a degree in Architecture from the Technological University of the Philippines, scrap metal artist Mario Mallari, Jr. creates things of extraordinary beauty and splendor with the use of seemingly insignificant materials like scrap metal. His design for Greenstallations called “The Last Tree” is representative of his design trademark as it is made from found metal assemblage.

Michael Cacnio is a 1996 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) Awardee who has made a name for himself for his figurative brass sculptures named that pay tribute to nature and traditional Filipino scenes. His works have been featured in solo exhibits in the Philippines, the United States and Singapore. Cacnio used Welded Brass for his Greenstallations design named “Luksong Lubid” that is a homage to a good old Filipino game.

The Outdoor Art Sculptures launch jumpstarts a series of events that highlight the importance of integrating art in everyday life. To remind us that there is always something from nature to feed our senses, NUVALI continuously pushes that every day is Earth day. In line with this commitment, August 17 marks the “Greenification of NUVALI” as more art installations will transform its landscapes into a living and breathing art exhibit.

Green Art Display from August 17 to September 1 which features art installations that make use of non-traditional, earth-friendly and/or recyclable materials. Along with this, NUVALI will launch “Ecograffiti”, turning vandalism into a way that would better the community-eco-friendly street art, growing on NUVALI’s walls and making a bold environmental statement to cultivate earth.

From August 31 to September, man and nature will make music as the Singing Trees of NUVALI back-to-back with arts and crafts workshops for kids will be launched to encourage the younger generation to take care of Mother Earth and appreciate the many wonders and rewards of having nature-inspired art in our lives.

Indeed, nature and man are one. Our daily lives are anchored in the wonders and marvels of Mother Earth. Through NUVALI’s efforts in integrating arts and environment, we can feel the presence of nature in our lives. Join us in making every day Earth day in NUVALI.

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