UP Diliman's Oblation Gets a Festive Makeover This Christmas
It's a Toym Imao piece!
(SPOT.ph) Since Christmas of 2015, Filipino multimedia artist Toym Imao has been designing the Oblation Plaza of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with his colorful and meaningful installations. This year is no different as he presents yet another poignant piece to accentuate the Oblation in time for the holidays. The state university is set to light up this beautiful creation as well as other lanterns within the campus during the Pag-iilaw tonight, November 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Titled "Mulat," Imao's piece surrounds the historic UP statue with a representation of a giant eye made of colorful threads. The rest of the plaza is filled with silhouttes of kids, as if playing around the small green space.
"The eye watches over a playing field where outlines of children at play dot the Oblation Plaza. The figures are both present and absent, their forms as visual metaphors of children who exist in memories, those who are no longer with us, young people caught in the crossfires of senseless ‘wars’ and conflict. Memories that glow amidst the darkness that reign over a land threatened by a culture of death and impunity. Their faint glow illuminates and inspires us to overcome the darkness and be sources of light ourselves," writes the artist in his Facebook account. The different colored threads represent a "diversity of visions and ways of seeing."
Pag-iilaw is a free-for-all event, and also features performances by UP Staff Chorale, UP Rondalla, UP Dance Company, Parkour UP, Marynor Madamesila, and Sandwich.