ManilArt 2015 art installation hits Torre de Manila | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

ManilArt 2015
THE NATIONAL Hero as photobomber
ManilArt 2015

An art installation unveiled during the opening today (Oct. 8) of ManilArt, the biggest art fair in the Philippines, commented on the very heated controversy over the 49-story Torre de Manila, alleged by critics to be a photobomber for marring the skyline of the Rizal Monument on Luneta Park.

The art installation by sculptor and stage designer Bonifacio Juan consisted of a 10-foot-wall mimicking the Manila skyline with the ugly Torre de Manila marring the view of the Rizal Monument that however has been emptied of its illustrious resident.

Where has Jose Rizal gone?

Rizal is photobombing, insinuating himself in the shots of fair-goers, who are invited by ManilArt organizers to have their photos taken with the National Hero as intruder and spoiler, much like the Torre de Manila which has invariably been called an “eyesore” and a “photobomber” for destroying the vista of the famous monument.

The interactive art installation has become the biggest attraction of the seventh edition of ManilArt.

ManilArt 2015
ART students from St. Scholastica’s College pose for a photo in front of ManilArt’s biggest attraction, an installation by Boni Juan. PHOTOS BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

ManilArt 2015

ManilArt 2015Some 30 major Philippine and foreign art galleries are taking part in the art fair, which runs till Oct. 11 at the SMX Convention Center of SM Aura Premier,  Taguig City.

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