You’ve probably seen sculptures made out of “garbage” sold for a small fortune, and muttered to yourself, “I could do better than that!”
I thought that way, until I realized how wrong I was when I participated in a workshop called Junkture, held at iAcademy in Makati.
Students and participants were given several hours to build sculptures using junk and trash provided by the school and its sponsors. All equipment from drills to welding gear, plus technicians and security personnel, were provided by the school
I was amazed at how quickly the students came up with ideas as soon as the random pieces of junk were being unpacked.
They snapped up interesting spare parts and pieces to build the masterpieces they’ve envisioned, while I just stood there like a befuddled donkey wondering how and where I should even start.
Richard Tuason, a multi-talented artist who makes use of old piano parts for his signature sculptures, explained (I’m paraphrasing here): Sure, you could re-create artwork that you’ve seen, but you probably don’t have the artist’s vision when the materials were still in their raw, unassembled form.
I had a brief chat with Vanessa Tanco, President and CEO of iAcademy, and remarked that I admire her willingness to turn the campus backyard into a “junk shop for a day”. According to her, as a design school, iAcademy wants the students to have as many avenues for creative exploration as possible.
That’s a fine example of a leader who clearly walks the talk.