Transforming the Urban Canvas: Art Installations at Bonifacio Global City Boost Philippine Tourism
Right in the heart of Metro Manila, the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) has evolved into a vibrant hub where business, culture, and art converge. While this commercial hub is primarily known for its towering skyscrapers and thriving corporate landscape, BGC has also become a haven for art enthusiasts and tourists alike.
BGC’s rise as a cultural destination is defined by its commitment to fostering creativity. The district boasts an array of public art installations that have transformed its streets into an open-air gallery. From sculptures and murals to interactive installations, the art scene in BGC is alive, diverse as it is captivating.
Art in Every Corner
Tourists and art enthusiasts can embark on a self-guided tour of BGC’s art installations, discovering hidden gems at every turn. The streets are adorned with murals that reflect both local and international influences. These striking visuals often depict narratives that resonate with Filipinos and visitors alike.
Among the most recognizable installations in BGC is “Transformation”. Created by artist Lor Calma in 2001, this iconic sculpture has become a welcome sight for tourists and visitors. Conceived to reflect BGC’s evolution from a military base to a world-class city, the sculpture utilizes layers upon layers of glass to embody resilience and beauty. Its three towers represent Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, while a small artificial lake serving as its base mirrors the Philippines’ archipelago. Located at the corner of 32nd Street and 5th Avenue, visitors flock to this sculpture for photographs that encapsulate their art walk experience, making it a vital stop for those exploring BGC to feel the cultural tapestry that the artwork exudes.
Considered as the gem of Bonifacio High Street, “Specific Gravity” is a masterpiece from Industrial Sculptor Reg Yuson which was unveiled in 2007. This mesmerizing art installation consists of huge suspended boulders anchored by curved stainless steel poles – seemingly defying the natural order of things. As tourists engage with “Specific Gravity,” they find themselves immersed in an experiential journey that transcends the boundaries of traditional art. It is an absolute must-see for art enthusiasts and visitors in BGC.
Yuson also created other art installations along the Bonifacio High Street retail strip, including “Hearsay” – an installation of bright green pipes mounted on fresh grass challenging viewers to explore the realms of truth and fiction. There is also “Bearable Lightness”, a collab with painter Ronald Achacoso. The latter is a cantilevered structure that explores the delicate balance between weight and weightlessness, materiality and transcendence.