Sombreros, maracas, skulls, flowers, cactuses—Cinco De Mayo as an idea and design always brought the creative and crazy out of those putting together Mexican themed parties in the metro. Luckily for us city dwellers, we are to experience the Cinco De Mayo experience in a bigger scale of gaeity via the upcoming Cinco de Mayhem Music Festival (CDM) this weekend. But visually speaking, the more solid surprise comes in the art installations crafted by, yes, contemporary Pinoy artist Leeroy New.
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Young as he is, New isn't really an unfamiliar name in the art scene. His rep precedes himself mainly for the astronomical, other-wordly works he has exhibited here and abroad. Among which he's drawn awes from Pinoys are his "Balete" series made out of industrial pipes woven together with cable ties, his post-apocalyptic sculpture park featuring a giant bamboo spaceship in the Paoay Sand Dunes, and his floating performance garden at the Pasig River that he pulled off with the Burning Man Global Arts grant. Internationally, he's done production design for film; wearable, sci-fi art for different designers and muses like Lady Gaga; and even 3D mock ups for commercial use.
With New's installations at CDM, everyone heading to the Vista Mall Daang Hari Open Grounds this Saturday can then expect a "Mexican utopia." “We are definitely thrilled to bring game-changers who are making their mark not just in the music scene but also in the visual arts. Not to mention, we have generous partners who are one with us in setting the tone for this vibrant celebration,” stressed CDM creative director and host-actor Alex Diaz on New's participation.
Ready to take a peek of the designs? Swipe through our gallery!
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