If you happen to be in the city centre of Kuala Lumpur in the next week or so, don't forget to pop into the Art In The Park festival in Perdana Botanical Gardens, KL that is ongoing until 2 November 2014
The idea for Art In The Park was conceived to introduce contemporary art to the public and rebrand Kuala Lumpur as an arts-centered capital.
As a collaboration between KL City Hall and Cult Sdn Bhd, Art in the Park presents a pioneer effort to engage the public with creativity in Kuala Lumpur and offers a unique way of presenting art to the public outside the museums and galleries.allevents.in
Pieces on display are created based on the theme of "Found In KL". The festival showcases original sculptures and art installations from local artists such as Lisa Foo, Izan Tahir and Marvin Chan, Nizam Abdullah of Nizamsculpture Studio, as well as Tey Beng Tze from the Findars Art Collective, amongst others.
Festival director Suryani Senja Alias believes everyday objects scattered around town tell their own stories about the city and its people, how they live and what they are going through.thestar.com.my
The festival also features artwork from international artists Handiwirman Saputra (Indonesia), Marie-Hugo (France) and Rags2Riches, an art collective from the Philippines
Marie Hugo's 'The Pantun Forest' depicts a forest made of bamboo, fabric, paper, and Indian ink. The 'leaves' on the tress have old Malay poetry written on them in French, Malay and Jawi. Marie is a descendant of French literary legend Victor Hugo, who played a part in popularising the pantun form in Europe.
Besides the sculptures and art installations, there are other stuff going on in the festival as well such as art talks, visual arts, performances, arts and crafts as well as a food bazaar
The festival program also includes fun-filled activities for visitors such as a weaving workshop, bamboo bike races, art workshops for children, and even a doodle battle between several talented artists