The Gar­den of Giv­ing

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - TEXT BY STELLA A. ESTREMERA PHO­TOS BY KUBLAI P. MIL­LAN

IArtist Rey Mud­jahid "Kublai" Ponce Mil­lan racks up the ante for the word pro­lific in unimag­in­able heights as he cre­ates from paint­ings to sculp­tures all at the same time and fin­ish­ing them at speed that would take other artists years to fin­ish.

The Gar­den of Giv­ing is a project that very few know about. It's in a pri­vate prop­erty as of the mo­ment. But there are plans to open it to the pub­lic in this place they call "Tau-hai".

Work has been go­ing on all through­out 2017 as the gar­den is made in be­tween com­mis­sioned works and ma­jor ex­hibits.

The cen­ter­piece of the gar­den is a pair of gi­ant hands lifted up to the heav­ens in prayer, in sup­pli­ca­tion, and in of­fer­ing. Around it are dif­fer­ent cu­bist sculp­tures de­pict­ing peo­ple liv­ing the sim­ple and peace­ful lives: Plant­ing, mak­ing mu­sic, danc­ing, read­ing, learn­ing, play­ing...

In cop­per-toned fin­ish, the sculp­tures blend into the flow­ers and plants that are in­ter­spersed with the con­crete forms, creat­ing a land­scape that speaks of the beauty of the sim­ple joys peo­ple of Min­danao live, call­ing us to re­flect on who we really are and how we want to pro­ceed.

I'm not at lib­erty to say where this is yet and the pho­tos are but a pre­view of things to come.

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