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The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.

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Filipino artist creates amazing Dubai art with balikbayan boxes

 

DUBAI – “The last time I sent a balikbayan box was a few years ago. I put in shoes, clothes, artwork and chocolates,” award-winning artist Nathaniel Alapide told Expatmedia.net at the launch of his latest street art in Dubai.

The stars of Alapide’s mixed media installation are balikbayan boxes, or care boxes, repurposed and given new life as a colourful 3D visuals in Fragmented Space, a unique art show outside Cuadro Fine Art Gallery in Dubai International Financial Centre.

Alapide worked on the installation with graffiti artist Mark Barretto. The art show opened to the public on Monday (November 18).

The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night. The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.

The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.

“Our work is an exploration into building something new out of everyday objects that we mostly discard or forget after we use them. I love the idea of using the balikabayan box because both Mark and I have an experience of sending them to our loved ones. Growing up, we also experienced receiving them from a relative working overseas,” Alapide shared.

The Dubai-based artist said that the balikbayan box is a “symbol of our hard work as Filipinos, our love for our family because inside are objects that contain our heartfelt feelings for the loved ones that we are sending them to. So the work is also is an exploration for a sustainable approach to art”.

The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.

The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.The 3D artwork of Nathaniel Alapide and Mark Barretto for DIFC Art Night.

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