These Artworks Are Made from San Sebastian Basilica's Surface Rust

The exhibit opens on May 5.


( The Basílica Menor de San Sebastián, an architectural wonder in Quiapo, has been wowing locals and tourists around the world since it was completed in 1891. It is an all-steel church—the first of its kind in Asia—that took a decade to complete under the supervision of Spanish architect Don Genero Palacios y Guerra. The passage of time and numerous typhoons led to the structure's rusting and corrosion, which is why San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation started its 10-year restoration program in 2012. Part of this are various fundraising activities to save the church, including the upcoming Belleza Del Carmen exhibit, which features original artworks that make use of the rust collected from the crumbling basilica. It is slated to run from May 5 to July 16 at the San Sebastian Convent.





Belleza Del Carmen is organized in partnership with Reredos artists as part of the parish's 400th year celebration of the arrival of the Philippines’ oldest image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. It will include pieces that depict images of the 17th Century Marian icon and basilica. Michael Muñoz, recipient of the Cultural Center of the Philippines 13 Artist Awards in 2012, heads the art project.


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The artworks will be available for purchase until December 2018. All sales will directly fund the restoration of the San Sebastian’s corroded columns.


Belleza Del Carmen runs from May 5 to July 16 at 1/F San Sebastian Convent, Pasaje del Carmen Street, Quiapo, Manila. For more information, follow San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation on Facebook.



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