LOOK UP: Makati underpass’ 2,000 square foot mural pays tribute to the Filipino

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Salcedo Underpass in Makati makes walking the city an art experience. Photo from Archie Geotina social media.

Walking through the Salcedo Underpass these days is not just a matter of getting somewhere – thanks to Archie Geotina, the walk has now become an art experience.

The Makati Underpass now dons a 2,000-square-foot mural that pays tribute to the ordinary and celebrated members of the 105 million-strong Filipino nation.

The images adorning the ceiling of the pathway in the busy business district are culled from the artist’s own journey throughout the country’s islands.

Geotina refers to his public art installation as “Ang Lakbay ng 105 Milyon”.

The artwork under Ayala Avenue traces Philippine history and heritage from pre-colonial traditions to present day cityscapes.

Among the faces painted on the walls and ceilings of the Salcedo Underpass are ordinary Pinoy heroes whom the artist deem as representative of the journey of the Filipino nation.

Artist Archie Geotina underneath his 2,000 square foot public art installation. Photo from Federal Land.

Unveiled on February 14, 2020, real estate company Federal Land Inc. presented the mural with an invitation for the public to “Walk in at Salcedo Underpass and experience the epic collage that proves that the beauty of the Philippines lies in the resilience of its people.”

Archie Geotina posted photos of his work on social media and invited the public “to come thru Salcedo Underpass – stop and sit on the vantage points to see our culture. Take time to look at ourselves at a different perspective.

Geotina’s art adds to the collection of Ayala Underpass murals that include the
Paseo de Roxas Underpass art canopy which showcases a marine life mural by AG Saño.

Iloilo City streets were also adorned with colorful murals featuring local faces in time for the 2020 Dinagyang Festival while Antipolo City had their streets painted with 3D murals to prevent road accidents.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Archie Geotina and his team and supporters for his Salcedo Underpass mural that celebrates the Filipino nation!

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