Christmas meets Art at SM Aura

What comes to mind when Christmas decorations is brought up? Let me guess! Christmas trees, maybe gift wrapped boxes, Christmas lights and maybe Santa Claus and his reindeers? But SM Aura decided to take a different approach to their Christmas display this year.


Check out Leeroy New’s Astreopora or Corals on the Skyline, an art, lights and sound installation located at the Sky Park.

To be honest I don’t often get to roam around SM Aura – too much effort to go to Bonifacio Global City but my friend, Maila invited me to meet up there and that’s how I found out about this cool Christmas exhibit of SM Aura.

I made a bit of research, aka Google, as to who Leeroy New is since I’m not really an artsy-fartsy kind of gal though I can appreciate art. From what I read, Leeroy is a contemporary Filipino fine artist. You might have heard of him as one of the designers who worked on the muscle dress worn by Lady Gaga in her video Marry the Night, remember that? But he’s been making a name for himself in the fine arts industry for quite some time already. He’s had his works exhibited in Singapore Biennale in 2008 and Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale in 2009. He also showcased some of his works during the 2010 Philippine Fashion Week.

What’s interesting about this Christmas art installation? Take a closer look.






The materials of this installation were made out of plastic. Plastic hose, plastic food cover, plastic cups and plastic funnel. Recycled materials basically.

The works of this avant garde artist can be described as otherworldly, though he merely magnifies the sublime and the bizarre in nature. He takes inspiration from organic environments and lifeforms, in spite of a lifelong immersion in Manila’s urban jungle.

His latest installation in SM Aura Sky Park is entitled Astreopora because it’s a reminder that artists often take their lead from nature’s bounty of strange yet ordinary forms. It mirrors man’s perennial longing to reconnect with the natural, while constantly reshaping his own environment.

Corals on the Skyline takes one step further in redefining the vastness of man’s creative possibilities amidst nature’s infinite bounty. This beautiful sight of aquatic forms permeating Taguig business district’s skyline highlights the Philippines as a center of marine biodiversity on the planet. It reconciles urbanity with the persistence of fertile, pre-industrial environs. 

More of this festive art Christmas decor:






This art, light and sound installation runs every night, at an interval of 30 minutes starting at 6PM. If you want to see this awesome and Instagram-worthy installation, you can do so until January 10, 2016.







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