Hulyo 2, 2011 ni theairprince
Who among you happens to pass by EDSA Magallanes sounthbound lane? I’m sure you’ll be familiar at what I’m gonna talk about. Yung traffic? Given na yun, ‘no ba kayo :D.
A month ago, I read a Facebook post from Robbie (aka The Creative Dork) about the huge wall art in EDSA Magallanes. Nacurious ako so I checked it by myself. Una kong napansin nung papunt ako for Tuklas Sining sa Reposo event. But sad to say, I was on the wrong side of the road.
Then I only got to see the entire wall during one of my early trips to home. Buti na lang may dala akong camera. Hindi ko mapigilang mamangha sa ganda ng painting sa dingding. I favor this over the previous MMDA Metro Art which were very generic :P. Hindi ko makuhanan ng buo dahil 1) saglit lang huminto ang bus na sinasakyan ko; and 2) my camera doesn’t have wide-angle lens.
First portion I took a shot. It reminds me of sea creatures. I can see shells, giant squid, an octopus, and planktons. At huwag kayo… si kuya, nakashades kahit ora de peligro na (Ora de peligro is a term mostly used by videographers/photographers which pertaining to the time period when the sun is setting/ malapit na dumilim, probably 5 PM onwards. now you know.) :D.
I found out that this is one of the major steps for MMDA and Boysen’s year-long environmental project along EDSA. Some points along Highway 54 (former name of EDSA. Naks, Kuya Kim, is that you?) will be filled with large-scale paintings by noted artists. It started last May 7 at Barangay San Lorenzo – Mantrade portion by Jose Tence Ruiz and we will be seeing other grand paintings on certain EDSA portions on the next months.
Not only for art sake but also this project is also for the environment. Paints are Boysen Knoxout paint which helps transform airborne toxins into safe residue when washed away by rains. This reduces the air pollution in EDSA caused mostly by transportation and industry smoke emissions. For more information about the paint, click here. (Endorsement ba ito? PAK!)
There are 3 things I’m worried about it:
Will it stop the illegal vandalisms along EDSA public walls? Marami pa naman mga pasaway sa EDSA: illegal street vendors, mga nagnanakaw ng mga bakal tapos ibebenta sa junk shops, at pati na rin ang mga taong-asal aso pag umiihi sa dingding. I’m fed up of smelling Eau de Uric acid everytime I travel at work. Kidding aside, manghihinayang ako baka babuyin ang mga obra ng mga taong asal-baboy. Sa mga taong mahuhuling nagvavandalize (kahit saang part ng EDSA), dapat ihian! Joke :D. Or does the paint also act as wee-wee neutralizer? If that will be the case, mas bibilib ako sa Boysen :).
Does it have a long-term advantage to our environment particularly on EDSA? If it’s long, how long? Baka pag isang season ng bagyo at tag-araw, kumupas sila tulad ng mga billboards na tila sumobra na sa contract duration at kumupas na.
Magandang way para mapaganda ang paligid sa EDSA. Hindi lang arts kundi may kapakipakinabang para sa kalikasan. I’m sure pag nakumpleto ang paintings (or even while the paintings are being done), mapapahinto ang mga sasakyan para pagmasdan ang mga gawa sa EDSA. Will it generate the same reaction just like when you see those recent Bench billboards along Guadalupe bridge? 😀