The vast and constant urban changes that surround us in the metro do make us miss the green side of the city – of what was once empty lots, perhaps habitats of trees and other kinds of flora.
Photographer and artist Bryan Aranda is one of those citizens that miss the sight of nature in the metro. Out of curiosity and inspiration, he reimagined a greener EDSA with his photo editing skills.
Aranda’s version of the EDSA – Guadalupe area. An abundance of trees appear underneath the bridge.
“(The artwork) was just born out of boredom and curiosity,” Aranda shares to WHEN IN MANILA. “I saw a post that went viral of a landscape architect turning some parts of EDSA green and eco-friendly, and na-inspire ako sa concept and just went wild with it, kahit hindi na siya possible or practical.
Aranda’s version of the EDSA shrine with Singapore’s “supertrees” hovering the Mother Mary statue
EDSA is one of most passed through roads in the metro, and for me, hindi siya maganda tingnan and gives off a lot of pollution. Kaya naisip ko, ‘hey, why not fill it with plants to make it greener and look prettier?'”
Aranda still has hopes on how EDSA would ought to look like in the future.
“I guess, wishful thinking din na sana in the future mangyari talaga ‘yan. I’d like to think that a lot of Filipinos want to EDSA to look this way.”
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Disclaimer: WheninManila.com does not own the photos above. For the modern day photos, credits go to Patrick Roque. For the artwork, credits go to Bryan Aranda. You may view the original posts here and here.