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Artists Cacnio, Calma, Castrillo, and Mallari bring Nuvali residents closer to nature in ‘Greenstallations’

"The Last Tree", Mallari's metal assemblage composed of scrap materials suggests a hope for a greener future. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

‘The Last Tree’ by  Mario Mallari, Jr. consists of metal assemblage composed of scrap materials suggests hope for a greener future. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

A metal assemblage of a crouching man holding a tree on the palm of his hand; a gigantic metal sheet of bright red flower in bloom; a welded brass sculpture of three children playing a traditional Filipino game called luksong lubid; and a brass piece depicting the dynamics of creative mind. These four newly installed outdoor sculptures are catching the attention of visitors to the lakeside commercial district of Nuvali, Ayala Land’s 2,290-hectare integrated eco-community in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

The art works mounted are part of Nuvali’s month-long public art program this August. Dubbed as Greenstallations, the project is in partnership with Ayala Museum and aims to celebrate and promote sustainable living, and sending out a call to celebrate everyday as Earth Day.

Unveiled last Saturday, August 3, the permanent outdoor art installations consist of works made by internationally renowned Filipino artists: scrap metal artist Mario Mallari Jr., architect Juan Carlo Calma, 1996 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee Michael Cacnio, and Eduardo Castrillo, an artist best known for his metal art works including the People Power Monument along EDSA.

'Luksong Lubid' by Michael Cacnio depicts children playing the traditional Filipino game. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

‘Luksong Lubid’ by Michael Cacnio depicts children playing the traditional Filipino game. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

“We decided to put up this installation project primarily because, as you can see, the whole of Nuvali is a place of art, a place of learning. At the same time, it’s to promote sustainability, educate the people and the youth about what sustainability is all about and how people can practice sustainability in their everyday lives. Hopefully this Greenstallations will help promote sustainability in the form of art through this public art works,” said Jun Bisnar, Nuvali’s General Manager and Ayala Land’s Vice President.

Apart from stirring awareness, the installations also aim to encourage art appreciation among its viewing public.

“We’re injecting art into all these public spaces. People can just take a look, see art, appreciate art, be amused by art, ponder about art as the Ayala Museum brings art outside the walls of the museum and share it to the people,” said Ken Esguerra, Ayala Museum’s Senior Curator and Head of Conservation.

The 'Flower Primitive,' which is created out of thick mild steel sheet by Arch. Michael Calma resembles the gumamela flower. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

The ‘Flower Primitive,’ which is created out of thick mild steel sheet by Arch. Juan Carlo Calma resembles the gumamela flower. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

“You can expect that we will exhibit more artworks every year,” shared Bisnar.

A brass sculpture by Castrillo entitled "Community of Creation", that depicts the dynamics of creative minds working together as one. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

A brass sculpture by Eduardo Castrillo entitled ‘Community of Creation,’ depicts the dynamics of creative minds working together as one. Photo by Romsanne Ortiguero, InterAksyon.com.

Among the activities lined up this month is Green Art Display, an art installation that will exhibit works using non-traditional, earth-friendly, and recyclable materials. Ecograffiti, on the other hand, will feature street art with eco-friendly messages on the walls of Nuvali. An interactive activity called the Singing Trees of Nuvali will allow people to hear music upon touching the trees. Lastly, an arts and crafts workshop are also in store for kids.

For more updates on Nuvali’s future activities, visit www.nuvali.ph or follow them on Facebook,  or Twitter.

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