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Makati CBD Brings Art to Everyday Living

This year, as part of its continued appreciation for art, Ayala Land joins Art Fair Philippines in bringing beautiful art pieces closer to the community. The Makati Central Business District, its pioneering masterplanned estate, encourages a balance in lifestyle and places great importance on the influence of art in lives of people and the community they’re in.

“Art makes a place more interesting and adds soul to a space,” says Cathy Bengzon, Marketing Head of Ayala Land Estates and Corporate Brand. “Developing our estates as a center for art, and adding art to its public spaces is intrinsic to the way we have been developing our communities. We want to make sure that we bring art closer to everyone.”

More than just being an economic capital, Makati CBD has always been a center for art. It is a venue where art is integrated into the city’s key development venues. The Ayala Museum and The Link Carpark in Ayala Center, for instance, serves as the home of the annual Philippine Art Fair. The 8th edition is set to be even bigger, with more than 44,000 visitors expected, and more talented artists – both local and international – joining the roster.

Aside from artworks to be exhibited at the Philippine Art Fair 2019, there will also be a display of Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki’s “Gravity and Grace.” This beautiful art piece captures the imagination of enthusiasts through the manipulation of iron, LED lights and stainless sheets. Ohmaki has established his reputation through the vibrant play of space and materials, blending his practice with characteristic design on architectural setting, which blurs physical borders and injects personal interpretation. This can be viewed at the fountain area of Tower One and Exchange Plaza from February 22 to March 13.

Even after this year’s Philippine Art Fair event, the people passing around Makati can continue to appreciate the original works of today’s most talented artists in its pedestrian underpasses, walkways, streets and parks. And as Filipinos’ appreciation for arts continue to grow, Makati will continuously provide more venues where people can appreciate art in its various forms. To name a few, walkways and underpasses around Makati are being redeveloped and will soon feature new mural designs. Circuit – Makati’s newest node – will soon have a performing arts theater with 1,500 seats. This will be completed in 2020 and will host international and local performances. It will also serve as a venue for international art exhibits.

Whether it is a walk to work on the decorated footbridges, taking Instagram-worthy photos or enjoying an exhibit or performance, Makati is the perfect venue for discovering and appreciating art. Through incorporating design and dynamism, the people of the community around Makati can work, live and play in the country’s top commercial district, surrounded by vibrant colors that reflect modern life.

View the Gravity AND Grace art installation of Japanese artist Shinji Ohmaki from February 22 to March 13 at the fountain area of Tower One and Exchange Plaza, Ayala Avenue, Makati City.

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