Bonifacio Global City, or BGC as it is widely regarded, is preparing to put more art in the heart of the commercial district. As part of its recovery initiative to restore open spaces with parks and art installations, BGC’s Public Art program has lately painted new murals throughout the neighborhood through ArtBGC.
Numerous art installations and murals have been placed throughout the area as part of ArtBGC. The public can currently enjoy and experience 36 murals, 22 art installations, and 110 street furniture in and around BGC on a daily basis.
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 7 additional murals on the walls of the city. With 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, Elie Quial, and Woman Create. These were all finished by the end of 2021.
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 utilized the concept 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 different culture, could be of service to one another.
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 as “Rolling out a Better World” which also joyfully coincided with Globe Telecom’s ongoing campaign, “Atin ang Mundo” (“The World is Ours”).
On the other hand, “The Land We Walk On” by Elie Quial and “Nurturing Ubuntu” by Woman Create were sponsored by Boysen, the official paint partner for ArtBGC. Boysen provided all the paints used for all the new murals, and even held a seminar for the artists and BAFI staff on proper paints and products to use for different surfaces. Boysen has always strongly supported BAFI even when The Mind Museum was created.
Because of the new murals with various art works, designs, and animations via mobile devices via augmented reality, everyone visiting, residing, and working in BGC will perceive these “ancient” spaces in a new light. A virtual art tour is also available via https://www.bgcartscenter.org/artsatbgc to learn more about BGC’s public art, which invites people to ponder and discover new things about themselves and the world via art.
Donations are also being accepted by the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. to enable them continue to support activities that promote the arts in the community. Interested donors can send an email to [email protected] or visit https://www.bgcartscenter.org/support. Check out the Bonifacio Global City and Bonifacio High Street Facebook pages for additional information!
Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc. (BAFI) is a non-stock, non-profit organization that champions the arts and sciences and has spearheaded the following landmark endeavors: The Mind Museum, a globally recognized and awarded science museum; the BGC Arts Center for the performing arts; Art BGC Public Art and Mind S-Cool, its multi-media marketplace of science and art ideas for family learning.