The Jakarta Post
Welcome to Indonesia: One of Erica Hestu Wahyuni's paintings graces the walls of Soekarno-Hatta airport's Terminal 3. (Angkasa Pura 2/-)
Slowly but surely, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3 is transforming into a gigantic art gallery for world-renowned artist Erica Hestu Wahyuni.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said that the aesthetic touch from Erica’s work was important for an airport and provided its own particular allure for travelers.
“The [airport’s] service is exemplary and optimal but to improve it even more, we can adorn [the terminal] with Erica’s paintings. Her colorful and unique paintings will attract passengers who see them and theymight share them on social media,” Budi said in a press release received by The Jakarta Post.
Meanwhile, airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (Persero) president director Muhammad Awaluddin said he hoped that the addition of world-class paintings in Terminal 3 would provide passengers with a different airport experience.
“The touch of art and culture from Erica’s paintings makes the passenger’s airport experience a great one, whether they are arriving or departing,” said Awaluddin.
Erica’s unique strokes and integration of different colors on a single canvas give her works plenty of character. Passengers can soon expect to see more of Erica’s artworks, which are labelled as a stream of naive contemporary art.
An alumnus of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) and the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, Russia, Erica’s name and art are well-known in the international art scene. She has had many of her works acknowledged by art collectors across America and Europe.
Twenty-eight of Erica’s works grace Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. Her masterpiece “Prosperity of Heritage” can be found gracing the wall of Terminal 3’s domestic arrival area.
Erica has said that she too wants to transform the airport beyond a place of transit and transportation into an educational space where travelers can enjoy different artworks.
“Hopefully, I can already say that Terminal 3 is my giant art gallery, because some of my artworks are allowed to be displayed there. I am very proud of this,” Erica concluded. (hdt)
The writer is an intern for The Jakarta Post.
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