heART and Design: THOMAS HEATHERWICK

“Listen to this music very carefully. This had brought me to tears.” says this guy who sent us out if we talked too much in class; or excluded us in orchestra rehearsals if we didn’t pay as much attention as he required. My mind was searching for the right response to this unsolicited, abrupt confession. How can something essentially non-living move someone so much? If there were words, sure – because words can ultimately kill the heart, isn’t it? But this was an instrumental number.

Several months later, I’d find out missing vowels. Passion.

A few years later, there I was… bawling my eyes out during performances, gasping at crafted objects, and marveling at the complexities that pure talent and passion generate.

However unfortunate, that there are not that much “moving” projects nowadays.

But Thomas Heatherwick is by no means ordinary, neither is he part of the general population. His work elevates him in ways not every man is fortunate enough to achieve.

I have seen his works (albeit most via the web), but having attended his talk the past weekend, and hearing his stories and concepts first-hand was an experience and a learning point beyond what the cyberspace conveys.

Thomas Heatherwick don’t seem to be undaunted by “this vs. that.” His projects merge the specialized zones that the corporate seem to think better subdivided. Strange though it may be, these may be the littlest of objects compared to his architectural work, but these next two creations are by far the most captivating to my artistic soul:

The London Olympic Cauldron.

Heatherwick Studios had tried competing for a larger project but ended up runner up for a couple of times, but this client – the government –  tapped him and asked his assistance to build the Olympic Cauldron. A cauldron? Is it not something the audience barely remembers? And there began the genius machine. Heatherwick Studios, did in fact make the most memorable cauldron in history. It was the biggest secret revealed during the Olympics. Afterwards, it was delivered to the different countries as a token of remembrance.

Let me know if these caused your eyes to involuntarily cascade tears down your cheeks.

Please visit Heatherwick Studios website here.

Happy Tuesday!

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Friday Frolics: Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

These shots were take a little less than two years ago- some favorites from my collection. What I love about them is the fact that most, if not all, of them are unplanned, unstrategized shots and they turned out to be more pleasant than expected.

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This last one looks kind of morbid and sad. Sorry. I took a picture cos this was my first time seeing a jellyfish (not constrained in an aquarium).

These were from  my short trip to Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar– they call it a “living museum.” A fitting description to the hotel/resort. The owner was more than thoughtful of salvaging these traditional Filipino architecture and congregating them together where locals and tourist could experience the beauty, charm, and artistry of the Filipino people collectively. They were working with a few more additions the last time I visited; hope to go back in the near future and see what they’ve done!

Ps. If you want a better view of what they have to offer, visit their website. 🙂 I promise the architecture and interior is breathtaking. Have a few shots of them myself here.