The PUMA Urban Art Face Off Brings Creativity to the Streets of Manila

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With a dash of creativity, a dose of resilience and some trusty pliable Puma sneakers, the Puma Urban Art Face-off contenders showed off their installations.

Coming up with a concept was easy. Gathering and prepping the materials was a cinch. But the major challenge for these contenders was to build these installations in little less than 10 hours and exhibiting it to the public.  Participants and onlookers grooved to the beats of Caliph8, Pasta Groove and Picoy Cruz while taking in the art installations and stadium food.

Four groups  vied for the best in show on November 27 at the PUMA Urban Art Face Off at the Eastwood Citywalk 2 grounds in Manila.  The installations were all awe inspiring.  One work, titled Adama, was made of rattan with ingenious use of sneaker soles to form a robotic skeleton of a leaping cougar. Another installation called “Elements” came in female form mimicking mother nature and was made of sneaker tongue and in soles with bunches of shoe laces. A third contender, titled “Second Chance” was a giant hand cradling voodoo doll and made of mesh, newspaper, sneaker laces and tongue.

The fourth and final installation called “Street Scientist” was somewhat like a social project. Two wooden walls were built facing each other. In the first wall, a backwards written text was placed made of sneaker rubber soles. The other wall had a mirror installed and string of shoe laces were intertwined to circular cut-out of sneaker uppers. Guests were encouraged to participated in this little project by looking thru the mirror.

Judges were no less than Manila coolest art set – Leeroy New, Juan Alcazaren and Ryan & Garovs of Everywhereweshoot.  The winning piece was the first installation by Adama.  Apart from bragging rights, all four members of the winning team get P10,000 worth of Puma gear.  Not bad for a day of art creation.