These Cute Sculptures Want You to Care About the Environment
They're made by BenCab, Borlongan, Justiniani, and many more!
(SPOT.ph) How can art change the world? World Wide Fund for Nature and the country’s leading contemporary artists come together to raise awareness on biodiversity conservation—and hope to save the world, one sculpture at a time.
National Artist for Visual Arts Benedicto Cabrera (a.k.a. BenCab), along with Elmer Borlongan, Geraldine Javier, Mark O. Justiniani, and José Santos III, created limited edition sculptures inspired by the environmental organization’s popular panda logo. Called “Art, Heart, Earth,” the project seeks to engage the public in heeding the call to preserve nature and tackle serious issues on climate change through arts and culture. It is made possible in collaboration with Tin-aw Art Management Inc. and Secret Fresh Gallery.
“Kapit-Bisig” by Benedicto Cabrera
“Wildlife Rehabilitator” by Elmer Borlongan
“Kugos” by Mark Justiniani
Some of the themes explored by the artists—now called Art Ambassadors—center on man’s role in the conservation of nature and the pressing need for a sustainable environment. BenCab’s “Kapit-Bisig” and Borlongan’s “Wildlife Rehabilitator,” for example, depict humanity's harmonious existence with nature, while Justiniani’s “Kugos” is a heartwarming interpretation of how an orphaned animal species can be taken care of by disguised as its mother.
“Home” by Geraldine Javier
“Natural Selection” by Jose Santos III
Meanwhile, Javier’s work entitled “Home” focuses on the need to respect our environment and to not succumb to exploitation of the resources around us. Santos’ piece might be different from the rest but the idea behind it remains. His piece titled “Natural Selection” delves on upcycling materials and transforming them to something extraordinary instead of discarding them as garbage and contributing more to pollution.
Though approaches may differ, each Art Ambassador have always been trying to find solutions to environmental issues even before the campaign. BenCab, whose famous Baguio studio and museum lie on an area surrounded by thick vegetation, is concerned with the excessive use of plastic in our everyday lives. Javier started planting vegetables to set an example to her community that sustainable living can be done. Borlongan, who lives 10 minutes away from the West Philippine Sea, has seen first-hand the destruction of our oceans through dynamite fishing and is alarmed by its dangers not only to the marine ecosystem, but also to the fishing communities.
The sculptures are on display at Secret Fresh Sky Gallery, 6/F Ronac Lifestyle Center, Paseo de Magallanes, Makati until May 6. For more information, follow WWF-Philippines on Facebook.