Ayodya Park gets an artsy touch-up with new installation
The Jakarta Post
The Ayodya Park in Barito, South Jakarta, was brought to life on Saturday morning with a host of art
activities and competitions held to celebrate the official opening of Ayodya Script, an art installation designed by the Indonesian Architects Association (IAI) as part of the Playful Urban Intervention program under the Jakarta Architecture Triennale 2015.
Ayodya Script is not merely an art installation, it is also a mini-library that sits afloat the Ayodya Park pool.
'It's kind of a social experiment because Ayodya Park is the only park that has a body of water in it,' said Prasetyo Condro Gumilar, an architect from the IAI. 'The idea is for it to be an open library where people can give and take books as they please.'
The inauguration of Ayodya Script is part of a series of activities conducted under the banner of Tamanyaman: Tamasya di Ayodya, an event jointly held by Suar Artspace, Holcim, IAI-Jakarta and the parks and cemeteries agency.
Suar Artspace, the organizer of the event, aims to bring vitality to city parks and to transform them into hubs for interaction and artistic collaboration.
'Jakartans only experience art in galleries. By bringing art to city parks, we hope that these things can be appreciated by the general public,' said Lisa Irawati, the Director of Suar ArtSpace.
Suar Artspace enlivened the park by bringing along the comic artists Adimas Bayu, Sheila Rooswitha, Kasogi and Azam and Azer to hold a workshop on comic art.
Middle school students joined in a photography workshop held by Kelas Pagi Jakarta. Meanwhile, primary school students created imitations of city parks out of paper cutouts and origami.
'I want my park to have a hill,' said Rafa, a fourth grader from Gemala Ananda School. 'It's called 'Healthy Park' and everyone there is healthy,' he explained as he pasted on a hill made out of green origami paper.
Fitri, a teacher at Gemala Ananda School, was excited about the activity. 'It allows them to be creative. They can create anything they like.'
Mira, a teacher at the Erudio School of Art (ESoA) ' a high school dedicated to visual arts and design 'said she hoped children would go to parks instead of going to shopping malls. 'The governor has built so many pretty parks. It's really a pity if we don't utilize them,' she said.
The students at ESoA contributed an installation to the park in the form of a map of Jakarta called 'Jakarta MaPan'. On one side of the map, participants can paste stickers where they think Jakarta still has problems. On the other side, they can paste stickers in areas that have potential. 'After the map is complete, we will send it to Governor Basuki 'Ahok' Tjahaja Purnama so that he can create a better Jakarta,' said Vadilla, ESoA's spokesperson.
Head of the Parks and Cemeteries Agency Ratna Diah Kurniati pointed out that there were currently over 2,300 parks in all over Jakarta's five municipalities. On Oct. 4, the agency kicked off the 'Ayo Ke Taman' program as part of efforts to raise public awareness of the potential of parks as places where better and healthier social interaction can take place between individuals, families and community groups.
The writer is an intern at The Jakarta Post