Visual artists do 3-D art to boost tourism in 100 Isles

FIVE young visual artists in Alaminos City decided to be productive during the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic by collaborating with the city government to produce another attraction, a 3-Dimensional floor tile art at the Lucap Wharf, the jump-off point to the famous Hundred Islands National Park (HINP).

The five members of the Tanghalang Sandaang Pulo Visual (TSPV) led by James Ison, worked on the first phase for 27 days since April 29. The second phase is being worked on at the back of the Hundred Islands arc.

Ison said most 3-D artworks are done on walls but they opted to do theirs on the ground that feature Quezon Island, Pilgrimage Island and Sandal Island.

An almost 80-foot wide ground mural has been done in front of the arc of the Hundred Islands and another mural will be done at the back, Ison said.

When one stands beside the three 3-D images, an illusion shows cracks and sunken islands on the ground, expected to be a sure hit on Instagram, Ison said.

It was a labor of love and an expression of their passion for arts for the TSPV where Ison was joined by his two younger brothers, Ulysses and Melquisedec, and their group mates Zaldy Alvis and Marx Paywan.

Ison finished Bachelor of Elementary Education at the Pangasinan State University-Alaminos campus but doing artwork has always been his passion and dream. He said poverty hindered him and his siblings to pursue a course on arts but he is happy now that they are able to do what they love most.

He said they wanted to start an advocacy through their artwork. The paint was provided by Nippon Paint Coatings Phil. Inc., courtesy of De Vera Paint Center.

“It gives us a great feeling that as local artists, we are able to give some happiness to the people despite this crisis…that there’s still so much joy and color in this life,” Ison said. (PhilStar Wire Service/ECV)

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