Public Art, or Taking Art to the Public is a concept CoCA [ Collective of Contempary Artists] is keenly working on. The aim of CoCA is to make Art accessible, thought provoking, influential and impacting to the public, in an effortless everyday situation.
“Not any Wall not any Bench” is a fun interactive art work created by five established CoCA Artists Layla Gonaduwa, Chinthaka Thenuwara, Poornima Jayasinghe, Branka Ridicky and Lakisha Fernando as a treat for the public. The work is a unique collaboration between professional local and international mixed cultural contemporary visual artists.
Carefully formulated functional installations help the growth of an individual in many ways. It is perceptual, intellectual, emotional, and aesthetically pleasing. The unique master piece is currently installed At the BMICH [The Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall ] Sri Lanka. The work is funded by the Alliance Francaise de kotte. French Spring Festival, scheduled between 21st of July to 29th of July 2013, to provide the platform for CoCA Artists to exhibit their Public Art work.
The art work on the wall creates an illusion which represents the change & movement, our individuality or differences merging into a whole. The colorful bench symbolizes co- existence of individuals. Sitting together also encourages social, religious and ethnic harmony. It encourages dialog. It encourages one to talk to a stranger. It encourages openness and acceptance. It is a backdrop and a place for greater tolerance, greater debate, and a more creative mindset of our people.
This influence will manifest in the character building process, and in this fast paced, ever changing, chaotic world, it is of paramount importance. The Idea that Art can influence & change the way we perceive, question the way we think, nudge our norms and beliefs is fabulous and hopeful., says CoCA Artist Layla Gonaduwa.
According to Chinthaka Thenuwara and Poornima Jayasinghe Public art has the power to energize our public spaces, arouse our thinking, and transform the places where we live, work, and play into more well coming and beautiful environments that invite interaction.
The full potential of Public Art has not been explored to it’s full capacity in Sri Lanka. Exhibiting the art work in public spaces as a social justice, places accessible to public and used by the public to reveal the discovery of a common heritage and shared ethical values as a popular and informal education method is one of CoCA visions.
This Wall is the stepping stone for the CoCA “Nomads”ongoing traveling project initiated by the committee members, to explore how cultural traditions interact in diverse locations in Sri Lanka. The next event of the project will be held at the CMC building Pettah, on the 8th ,9th and 10th of August 2013.
It sponsored by the Goethe-Institut – (The Goethe-Institut is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach) .
Future projects will expand to divers locations in the island such as Jaffna, Galle fort, Cultural triangle, and the indigenous village Dhabana. “Not any Wall not any Bench” will auction soon as a fundraiser for CoCA.
Keep tabbing at www.cocaartists.org /FB – CoCA Art for more information.