Artists in Bruges sculpt snow and ice for festival
admin • November 23, 2018 • 2197
A sculptor working on a sculpture in exhibition | REUTERS
An ice sculpture exhibition in the Belgian town of Bruges will open its doors to visitors on Saturday (November 24) for a freezing walk through a world of illuminated frozen creatures, which organizers are calling the first-ever digital ice art museum.
Forty artists from around the world have been chipping away at ice and snow to build a wintery wonderland that comes alive with the use of 3D video and LED lights, reflected and refracted by the ice.
Organizer Alexander Deman explained that the exhibition has been running for 17 years but this is the first time LED lighting has been used to light up the sculptures.
In all, 80 sculptures are on display made from 3,000 locally-made blocks of ice weighing 500 tonnes in total.
Deman said the temporary and transient nature of ice allowed for more creative flexibility.
While the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues to wreak havoc, the world is ever more appreciative and supportive of health workers frontlining the virus battle. Some express their support through music and donations — others through fine art.
A nurse paid tribute to her fellow frontliners and COVID-19 victims using syringe art.
Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbanua shared her masterpiece on Facebook: a health worker sleeping in exhaustion with the Philippine flag for a blanket.
“Ito’y para sa aking mga kapwang frontliners at sa lahat ng naging biktima ng COVID-19 (This is for my fellow frontliners and all the victims of COVID-19),” her post reads. AAC
The United Kingdom’s foremost modern and contemporary art museum, Tate Modern, has acquired three artworks from the late Ivatan artist Pacita Abad.
Abad is considered as one of the most important contemporary artists in the Philippines. Two of her artworks, acquired by the museum, is from a series entitled Bacongo while the third artwork is entitled European Mask.
Ambassador to the United Kingdom Antonio M. Lagdameo said this affirms that Philippine art is an important part of the international artistic canon.
“Tate Modern has one of the most extensive and diverse collections of artwork from all over the world and is one of the world’s most important contemporary art galleries,” according to the DFA.—AAC
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