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Erica Hestu Wahyuni’s paintings grace walls of Soekarno-Hatta's Terminal 3

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Fri, December 28, 2018  /  05:35 pm
Erica Hestu Wahyuni’s paintings grace walls of Soekarno-Hatta's Terminal 3

Erica Hestu Wahyuni aims to add three more paintings to Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Jan. 25. (Shutterstock/rnkadsgn)

Three paintings by Indonesian artist Erica Hestu Wahyuni are gracing the walls of Terminal 3 at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, kompas.com reported.

Erica, a graduate of the Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) and the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, Rusia, said in a statement that since people spent many hours in the airport, she wanted the airport to become a larger medium, a space that allowed travelers to enjoy artwork and an educational platform, not limited to transit and waiting rooms only.

Erica is hardly a new kid on the block. Having exhibited her works in various countries, Erica’s paintings are popular among collectors in Europe and America.

There are three paintings featured at Terminal 3, namely Ganica the Red Elephant, Valley of the Welfare of the Universe and Valley of the Hope. Each painting is 2.55 x 2.55 meters and has special meaning.

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Valley of the Welfare of the Universe, for example, highlights the importance of mental and physical health to foster the welfare of the universe.

“Art makes everything become more comfortable and relaxing. If [art] is the daily bread of a person, it will make them feel more peaceful,” the 47-year-old artist said.

In addition to the three paintings, Erica said she would add three more pieces for Terminal 3 on Jan. 25.

Erica also shared her plan to lend her piano, which features her painting.  

“I saw a piano while transiting in [Amsterdam airport] Schiphol. Travelers can play the piano while waiting, making the airport livelier,” she said, adding that she hoped the airport could also serve as an art gallery in the future. (jes/wng)