Artists to set up murals on MMDA pumping stations

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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will commission international and local artists to mount murals on the agency’s pumping stations visible along the Pasig River.

MMDA Assistant General Manager for Operations Julia Nebrija said the artists were chosen to take part in the agency’s Pasig River Art for Urban Change project after careful evaluation and screening.

An Advisory Group, headed by Nebrija, composed of artist Leeroy New; Patrick Flores, UP Vargas Museum curator; and Lai del Rosario of the British Council head of Arts and Creative Industries selected the finalists from the 75 artists who submitted proposals through an open call.

The finalists include Archie Oclos, Cristina Lina, Ged Alangui, Julius Sebastian, Kris Abrigo, Luigi Almuena, Malarko Hernandez, Ralph Eya and Team Manila.

Nebrija said this Pasig River Art for Urban Change project aims to create more livable and inclusive cities through the regeneration of urban waterways.

She hopes that the project will Metro Manila citizens to explore the river on the Pasig River Ferry where they can appreciate the river’s potential and also be made aware of the challenges such as cleanliness that affect its rehabilitation.

Additionally, the project brings attention to the pumping stations, which are often overlooked as common infrastructures in Metro Manila, but are vital facilities to address the massive flooding in the metropolis especially during the rainy season.

The artists will be painting murals on eight different pumping stations along the Pasig River starting June up to July this year. The MMDA and its partners will organize an art cruise as soon as all of the murals are finished.