January 5, 2013

Colorful blocks

stylized rendition of an Ivatan nativity scene The School of Humanities' creation for the Ateneo de Manila University's Christmas Parks is a colorful and stylized interpretation of Jesus' nativity in the islands of Batanes. The province is the northernmost of the Philippines and is composed of ten small mountainous and rocky islands, and traditional Ivatan houses are made of those same rocks—echoed in the construction of the Holy Family. The hair of Mary and Joseph evoke the "hairy" headpieces worn by the Ivatan. Called vakul, they are made from abaca fiber, and are a protectection from both sun and rain.

9 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

How creative!

Dina said...

It's wonderful how much creativity was shown in this one and in all the different nativity scenes!

Robert Geiss said...

Wonderful how it is kept alive and travels through time and creativity. Please have a good weekend ahead.

LONDONLULU said...

Very lovely and colourful scene! (Really shows you can find creativity, literally, around every corner:)

Lowell said...

It is no doubt true that people must make a religion their own by melding it with their culture in order for it to have staying power.

This is certainly one of the most unique nativity scenes I've seen. Fascinating!

Francisca said...

Amazing what you can create with square blocks! Wishing you a wonderFULL year ahead, Hilda! (You look gorgeous in your new profile photo.)

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting idea and the result is gorgeous!
Love the blue color!
Léia

George said...

What an interesting -- and beautiful -- nativity scene.

birgittarudenius said...

Colorful and very creative :)