Art in Island – Where You Can Literally Become a Part of Art
Have you ever visited an art gallery and encountered a painting so captivating that you just wanted to reach out and touch it in what could only be described as a feeble attempt to be part of the world that the painting is depicting? Okay, I might be being overly dramatic here, but I’m sure I’m not the only person in this city who has wanted to get away with touching an art piece or two. Lucky for us, the largest interactive art museum in the country, Art in Island, is set to open very soon and it invites visitors to be part of art — literally.
Touching the paintings in Art in Island isn’t just allowed; it is encouraged. The 3,800 sqm, two-storey museum is covered from floor to ceiling in paintings that could serve as a backdrop for endless photo-ops. Most museums won’t allow you to bring a camera inside. However, a trip to Art in Island, on the other hand, would be useless without at least a cameraphone, and their paintings would not be complete without you in it.
South Korean native and Art in Island CEO, Yun Jae Kyoung, said they chose to open a 3D art museum in Manila because of the Filipinos’ love affair with taking selfies and sharing them on social media. “We chose the Philippines because Pinoys like art [and] taking pictures,” he said.
Construction on the museum began in April 2014 and Filipino graphic artists were tapped to create painting concepts that Pinoys would want to see and interact with. More than a dozen of the most acclaimed 3D painters from South Korea were then flown to the country to work on these paintings for four months.
Together, these artists created paintings that aren’t just a marvel to behold, but that visitors could actually be a part of. Walking through the museum, some elements from the paintings might look distorted and oddly placed. It might look weird that Marilyn Monroe’s legs are on the floor and the rest of her body is painted on the wall, for example, or that a witch’s puppet strings aren’t actually pulling anybody. However, if you stand or sit a certain way and have your photos taken from the right angle, it will seem as if you are actually interacting with the characters in these paintings.