Roll out a better future

Published January 29, 2022, 4:12 PM

by Manila Bulletin

This public art program makes use of murals to inspire recovery

ABSTRACT CORNER Let Compassion, Empathy and Kindness Flow by Kankan Ramos

Known to be a city with a soul, Bonifacio Global City, fondly called BGC, is set to put more art in the heart of the business center. Through ArtBGC, BGC’s Public Art program has recently added more murals throughout the area as part of its recovery program to improve open spaces with parks and art installations.

Under ArtBGC, numerous art installations and murals have punctuated spaces around the area. There are currently 36 murals, 22 art installations, and 110 street furniture pieces in and around BGC that the public can enjoy and experience daily.

To set the tone for the collective mood for 2022 and beyond, BGC, through the help of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, has commissioned artists to create seven additional murals on the walls of the city. Under the theme “Rolling Out a Better World,” these murals depict a society where everyone is interconnected through empathy and compassion.

These new murals were painted by Glendford Lumbao, Kankan Ramos, Patmai, Zoe Rosal, Deafeye Studio, ElieQuial, and Woman Create. These were all finished by the end of 2021.

ART IN THE PARKING LOT Nurturing Ubuntu (Connected in our Humanity) by Woman Create

BGC continued to roll out “better world” murals in collaboration with partners who believe in the power of public art to elevate community life. Last year, the first-ever mural, What’s Your Culture? by Glendford Lumbao, was made possible with the support of Yamaha Motor Philippines. It plays around the idea of “weaving” to highlight how different narratives are intertwined together making it all part of a bigger picture. In line with the theme of moving forward for a better tomorrow, the mural shows a subtle hint of the Pinoy concept of “kapit-bisig” to visualize how everyone in the community, despite their varying cultures, could be of service to one another.

What’s Your Culture? by Glendford Lumbao plays around the idea of ‘weaving’ to highlight how different narratives are intertwined together making it all part of a bigger picture.

Apart from the first mural supported by Yamaha Motors, Globe Telecom supported other murals namely Atin ang Love for All by Patmai, Atin ang Araw by Zoe Rosal, and Atin ang Bawat Sandali by Deafeye Studio.

On the other hand, The Land We Walk On by ElieQuial and Nurturing Ubuntu by Woman Create were sponsored by Boysen, the official paint partner for ArtBGC.

Everyone visiting, living, and working in BGC will see these “old” spaces in a new light because of the new murals with various artworks, designs, and animations in mobile devices via augmented reality.

Catch the virtual art tour via www.bgcartscenter.org/artsatbgc.

Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. is also accepting donations to help sustain their programs that champion the arts in the community. Interested donors can visit www.bgcartscenter.org/support or email [email protected].

 
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