Group backs zero-waste drive, holds ‘Eco Live Art’
Five artists gather for a wall mural painting on Gorordo-Escario stretch
IN its thrust to realize a zero-waste Sinulog festivity celebration, environmental supporter Sustainable Energy and Enterprise Development for Communities (SEED4COM), initiator of the Let’s Do It! Philippines movement, staged the “Eco Live Art” wall mural painting last Jan. 18 along the Gorordo Ave.-Escario St. junction with five credible street artists on tap.
The activity was geared toward a clean, creative and colorful 2015 Sinulog celebration and beyond.
The five artists, led by Roland “Crazymaggot” Caballero, expressed their interpretations of life through colorful and attractive mural paintings on walls.
Aside from its campaign for a zerowaste Sinulog festivity, SEED4COM, under the tutelage of its top man Dann Diez, has been holding eco-art exhibits every third weekend of the month since September 2014 in various parts of the country.
Caballero, who also joined the first eco art exhibit last Sept. 27-29, 2014 at the Ayala Center Cebu with his Digital Artwork, said that their goal as “street artists” are varied.
“My motivations and objectives are the same as those that drive street artists and they are varied as the artists themselves. There is a strong current of activism and subversion in urban art,” said Caballero. “The Sinulog is very timely to start with the Zero-Waste Month campaign for January. But we would like to extend this campaign even after the Sinulog for a waste-free Cebu.”
After he learned of the waste-free Sinulog campaign of SEED4COM, Caballero wasted no time in gathering together his colleagues to join the event as part of their intention to enhance environmental awareness.
Caballero was joined in the activity by Joey “BartBombs” Bartolome, Jude “Yummy” Bartolome, Crezzo Jon “Soika-Soi2x” Paz and Wyndelle “WRWyndell” Remonde.
Caballero and BartBombs were also participants in the 1st Eco Art Manila last September 2014.
“When I joined the first eco art exhibit, I could not wait to be part of the next installments. The vision of SEED4COM to capacitate new artists and even to those who are waiting to be presented to the public eye has now come. Their efforts for a cleaner Philippines got me on board,” said BartBombs, who also invited his brother Yummy in the campaign.
“My brother invited me to join, so I signed up knowing that this is the kind of holistic approach and consumption of our artwork. It is also great to know that we are seen not only as brothers by blood but also in our artwork and shared expressions,” said Yummy.
Paz, for his part, said, “Street art is the kind of direction I always wanted to take. It is what I would like to be added on to my portfolio, but with this project it’s just a bonus. This is now my contribution for a better consciousness to cut down on our waste production.”
Remonde, on the other hand, said that aside from a zero-waste campaign, his other goal for joining the undertaking is for his work to be seen by ordinary people who don’t have the resources or time to go to art shows in galleries.
“It’s my way of giving back to the community. I want to show and share my art to the people who can’t afford or don’t have the time to go the galleries,” said Remonde.
Remonde has already staged or participated in various local and national eco- art exhibits, including the Manila Art 2014 at the SMX at SM Aura in Taguig; the 2014 “Unang Hunat” at the Gamayn’g Gallery at Turtle’s Nest in Lahug, Cebu City; the 2014 1st Buy exhibit at the Qube Gallery at the Henry Hotel in Banilad, Cebu; and the 2014 Jose Joya Annual Exhibit at the Ayala Center Cebu.