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Italian Design Day 2018 marries design with sustainability

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, March 2, 2018  /  05:33 pm
Italian Design Day 2018 marries design with sustainability

The 'Passaggio' art installment is seen on the sidewalk in front of LAFLO showroom, near Senayan City, South Jakarta. on the second edition of Italian Design Day. The piece illustrates the event's theme that relates design and sustainability. (instagram.com/sherwinsoul/File)

A new art installation has been placed on the sidewalk in front of the LAFLO showroom near Senayan City shopping mall in South Jakarta. It is especially interesting to see at nighttime as it glows in various colors.

Named Passaggio, the art installation is part of the second edition of Italian Design Day. Mainly made of plastic bottles and bamboo, in tune with this year's theme that focuses on the relation between design and sustainability, the 24-meter-long artwork was created by architect Cosmas Gozali who curated the exhibition's first edition last year.

“I chose that location because it connects neighborhood and commercial areas,” said Cosmas during a press conference on Wednesday at the auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta.

Cosmas, who spent about three weeks creating the art installation, added that the location was packed with people and vehicles. “[The location] doesn't have a pedestrian zone, but people [often] walk there.”

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Architect Cosmas Gozali, (from left to right) Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Vittorio Sandalli and Ambassador of Design from Italy Alessandro Luigi Colombo during the press conference of the second edition of Italian Design Day on Feb. 28 at the auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta.Architect Cosmas Gozali, (from left to right) Italian Ambassador to Indonesia Vittorio Sandalli and Ambassador of Design from Italy Alessandro Luigi Colombo during the press conference of the second edition of Italian Design Day on Feb. 28 at the auditorium of the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta. (JP/ Ni Nyoman Wira)

 

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Second Edition of Italian Design Day . 1.3.2018 | 18.30 | LAFLO Senayan Opening installation “Passaggio” curated by Atelier Cosmas Gozali . 2.3.2018 | 16.00 | Italian Cultural Institute, Jakarta Seminar “Sustainability in Tourism: Contributing vs. Destroying” by Arch. Alessandro Colombo (Italian Ambassador of Design), Arch. Dipl. Ing. Cosmas D. Gozali moderated by Ir. Baskoro Tedjo and introduction by Erlangga Boenawan . 1-31.3.2018 Essay Competition: “Communal space in a sustainable city” . #vivereallitaliana #italiandesignday2018 #italiandesign #brokennature #indonesia #italia #triennale #triennalemilano #milano #design #italiandesignday #ambasciatori #jakarta #acara #seminar #desain #lomba #kompetisi #essay #IloveItaly #ItaliadiIndonesia #ItalyInIndonesia

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Passaggio aims to inspire people, especially those living within the area, to do more with their rubbish. Plastic bottles, for instance, can be turned into a simple vertical garden.

“I want to encourage people to see that they can make something out of these unused materials,” Cosmas said. “I don’t want to just make nice things. It’s not about that. It’s about people’s awareness.”

Aside from the exhibition, which opened on Thursday evening, Italian Design Day also hosts seminars and an essay competition.

At the "Sustainability in Tourism: Contributing vs Destroying" seminar, held on Friday, Cosmas served as the speaker alongside architect Alessandro Luigi Colombo, the Ambassador of Design from Italy. Cosmas used the opportunity to express his criticism about mass tourism, which often causes problems, such as piles of garbage that can be found at tourist attractions. “I created the art installation to address this issue,” he said.

Meanwhile, the essay competition, which will end on March 31, is open to the public under the theme "Communal Space in a Sustainable City". (kes)

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