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"Elemento" by Leeroy New is one of the public artworks in 10 Days of Art in Makati. Handout

10 Days of Art: Discover a trail of public artworks in Makati this February

Art has spilled over from the galleries onto the streets, parks, and malls of Makati.
ABS-CBN News | Feb 13 2024

Art has spilled over from the galleries onto the streets, parks, and malls of Makati. 

Until February 18, public art installations, exhibits, performances, and other activations can be seen in One Ayala, Ayala Malls (Glorietta and Greenbelt), Ayala Museum, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Circuit Makati, Samsung Performing Arts Theater, and pedestrian underpasses and walkways all over Makati.

All these are part of the 2024 edition of 10 Days of Art, an initiative by Ayala Land as part of its efforts to make art more accessible to the public. It is being held ahead of Art Fair Philippines, which will run from February 16 to 18 at The Link carpark in Makati.

"We have always envisioned Art Fair to embody the essence of creativity and community. This year, we are furthering our purpose by transcending the confines of The Link, through 10 Days of Art, and embrace Makati City in its entirety. I am personally thrilled to launch this city-wide initiative, recognizing that art is not confined to walls but flourishes in the streets, parks, and hearts of Makati's diverse communities," said Art Fair Philippines co-founder Trickie Lopa.

You can take the time to discover the public artworks on your own, but there are also guided tours done in partnership with the local government unit of Makati.

Start with One Ayala where murals by "Off The Wall Manila - Paris Connexions" can be seen around the walls, and "The Course of The Sun," an art installation suspended at the ceiling of the terminal concourse.

'Off The Wall Manila- Paris Connexions' at One Ayala Terminal. Handout
"Off The Wall Manila- Paris Connexions" at One Ayala Terminal. Handout
'The Course of The Sun' at One Ayala Concourse. Handout
"The Course of The Sun" at One Ayala Concourse. Handout

At Japan Town in Glorietta, you will find a digital photo exhibit by Trish Shishikura. Over at Greenbelt 5 and the nearby Legazpi underpass, there are also photo and digital photo exhibitions by FotomotoPH, a Manila-based group of photographers, curators, and writers. 

FotomotoPH's exhibit at Legazpi underpass. Handout
FotomotoPH's exhibit at Legazpi underpass. Handout

From here, head to Ayala Museum and check out the exhibit by Emmanueal Garibay, an interpretation of the poem "I Teach My Child" by Gemino Abad. Then, venture outdoors to Ayala Avenue -- at the Tower One Fountain area is "A Warm Orange-Colored Liquid," an installation by trans-disciplinary visual artist Derek Tumala. On the Green Wall of Ayala Triangle Garden Tower 2, you can view "Prismatic Embrace," a video projection by motion graphics artist and multimedia engineer Isaiah Cacnio in collaboration with digital artists AJ Dimarucot and Carlos.

'Prismatic Embrace' by Isaiah Cacnio. Handout
"Prismatic Embrace" by Isaiah Cacnio. Handout
'A Warm Orange-Colored Liquid' by Derek Tumala. Handout
"A Warm Orange-Colored Liquid" by Derek Tumala. Handout

Stop by the Washington Sycip Park to see four sculptures by Impy Pilapil titled "Faith, Entry, Wish Stone, and The Mangrove -- Nature's Embrace." Further down Ayala Avenue, you can check out "!Exclaim" at Ayala North Exchange. 

The Samsung Performing Arts Theater houses an exhibit by Art House, featuring works of both local and international artists. Upon its driveway, guests are welcomed with Leeroy New's "Elemento," an installation made of recycled materials. 

You can also take part in the community mural painting activity at Circuit Makati. The activity, which follows the theme "A Celebration of the Various Disciplines of the Arts," will be led by local artists Nini Andrada Sacro, Anina Rubio, and Trip63. 

Aside from the art installations, there will also be live performances throughout February at Circuit Makati and Samsung Performing Arts Theater. Ayala Malls is also hosting Art in the Open, with live music and other activities until February 18. 

For more details, visit the social media pages of Make it Makati, Ayala Malls, Art Fair Philippines, and 10 Days of Art.