This week’s weather has been bi-polar. It mellows down only to give us a heavy downpour after a few minutes. That is how our weather threw its tantrums this week, drenching Metro Manila and its surrounding provinces and leaving us wallowing in traffic and flood waters.
The rain is not exactly a traveler’s ideal companion during trips and even prior to a trip. The weekend rain almost dampened the mood of a weekend camping trip to Bataan. The unpredictable rains did not give us enough room to walk around parks, explore the city, or to even catch pokemons. The gloomy weather had me thinking on where we could head off to explore when dark clouds threaten to darken our mood for exploration.
Art In Island – Redefining Art In A Fun Way
I have seen a lot of people traveling to the different destinations of the country and showcasing the beauty of the Philippines but I only see a couple of shots that featured museums or artworks. Art appreciation, among Filipinos, is still a subject that needs attention despite the abundance of great artists in the country.
Needless to say, the gloomy days last week had me thinking on alternative destinations to check out during the rainy season. I figured that, in cases when your feet are itchy to wander and the weather would not cooperate, you can always check out museums and art galleries in your area.
Art in Island is one museum that redefines art appreciation. The 3D art gallery, tucked within the confines of Cubao, is a notch higher because it allows interaction with its art exhibits. In fact, these art interactions make the experience. The museum has about 50 artworks done by a team of Korean artists that gives illusions of depth at certain vantage points. These camera angles allow visitors to become part of the exhibit in photographs.
Exploring Art in Island was a first for my family. It was a great way to actually celebrate Asher’s birthday – enforcing her appreciation that there is fun in art. It takes about two hours, at least, to get around the galleries of this interactive museum. The artworks vary from classical works to those that are products of wild imagination.
Since Disney brought to life “The Little Mermaid”, every little girl probably once wished that they were a mermaid. Fret not because now you can become one, in pictures that is. Art in Island opening gallery features everything under the sea. You can sit inside a clamshell, be fish food, or simply hide from a whale or an octopus breaking out of the walls.
You can then play around with wild animals where you can search the jungles of the “island” for leopards or the musically inclined monkey. You can jump out of the mouth of a crocodile or have your picture taken by Polar Bears. All it takes is working on the right angle of the artwork.
Visitors are then given the chance to become part of famous classical artworks. Play hide and seek with Charlie Chaplin, work with peasants, catch a shoe, or try getting close to Michael Angelo’s famous sculpture. You can become alive in these amazing artworks.
Enjoy being part of Egyptian stories or travel the world through these masterpieces. You can also play angel of light and darkness, be a genie in a bottle, or be Santa’s Little Helper. You can also play heroes and villains. Everything wrapped around your imagination.
The great thing about Art in Island is that it allows you to be who you want to be. It allows you to play around with your imagination while it captures these moments in your photos.
Post Travel Notes
Art in Island mixes the artists’ creativity with the creativity of its visitors. It is an art gallery that redefines art appreciation because it allows guests to be part of the art. One can definitely have a touch and feel of art. In the midst of the technological advances that allow us to be able to view these artworks virtually, the gallery allows art appreciation through actual interaction. It is one huge hall where one’s creativity can run free and this is what kids nowadays need. Art in Island is great way to bond with your kids while enriching their knowledge especially on rainy days like this.
Getting There: Art in Island is tucked along 15th Avenue in Cubao, Quezon City. Public transport that passes by Aurora Boulevard and you get down at 15th Avenue where you can take another jeep headed to Alimall. You can ask the driver to drop you off at the art gallery. If you are at the Araneta Center, you can also walk to Cubao Expo where there is an access gate to Art in Island.
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Marc del Rosario
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