Monday, October 6, 2014

PAG installed artworks to Marquee Mall's Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival

This image of Bulo'l, the Cordillera rice god, represents the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR). Materials used are carved Styrofoam covered with husked mountain brown rice.
Food art installation is another attraction to the three-day BIG BITE! The Northern Food Festival this coming October 17, 18, & 19, 2014 in the Marquee Mall of Angeles City, Pampanga. 

A replica of Bojeador lighthouse is installed to represent Region 1 (Ilocos Region).  Materials used are carved Styrofoam and dried tobacco leaves wrapped around the tower.





Fishing net with dried fishes represents Region 2 (Cagayan Valley). Installed art uses bamboo sticks, nylon nets, and real dried sardines
The fishnet and dried fishes is finally installed on the opening day of the BIG BITE (Oct. 17, 2014) with a bamboo raft and art trees with locally grown vegetables.
The artworks are the concepts of local artists from the Pampanga Arts Guild (PAG) with the participation of Filipino visual artists Leeroy New and Mikai Rodrigo. 

Installed artwork to represent Region 3 (Central Luzon) is a replica of Christmas lantern covered with Japanese paper ordinarily used in wrapping pastillas and candies.
On the opening day of  the BIG BITE on Oct. 17, 2014, what used to be the lone Christmas lantern of Central Luzon becomes a galore of local produce with bamboo table adorned artfully with woven young coconut palm and native delicacies    

Central Luzon, particularly in Pampanga, is known to be as the producer of duck eggs that eventually processed into balut and penoy. Central Luzon is the major supplier of duck eggs in Metro Manila, even in Pateros where the balut and penoy is popularly manufactured.
The artworks are installed in the 2nd year of Big Bite! to promote the different region's specialty dishes, food products, and food culture. 

You will discover and experience more about Pinoy foods and food culture  if you go to the Marquee Mall's the Big Bite! the Northern Food Festival.  See location map here to help you find the place.
 
The artwork of Leeroy New and Mikai Rodrigo they entitled as Qurales, is the artists' attempt to merge the concept of food, art, and landscape into one ephemeral  sculptural tableaux using edible medium. Its an alien plantlife that resembles sea creatures and serves as habitat for stylized cherubs and quirky invented animals.  Each figure is meticulously sculpted, shaped, and carved out of combined sugar, vegetables, and bread.     

Qurales takes the form of marine coral adorned with the artists' penchant for fantastical creatures and organic forms.  Materials used are fondant and baked bread impaled in stainless steel frame and stands on wooden base. 
The more elaborate version of the Qurales is presented to the open public on the opening day of the BIG BITE in Marquee Mall on Oct. 17, 2014
The Qurales  


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