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A Spectacular Art Collaboration

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Celebrating Indonesia's Independence with Hanh and Hari Prast



In a heartwarming display of creativity and unity, artists Hanh from Heartlab Bali and Hari Prast from Indonesia have come together to craft a remarkable art collaboration. As the 73rd anniversary of the Republic of Indonesia (RI) approaches, the residents of Kabupaten Garut are gearing up to commemorate this momentous occasion in a truly artistic and inspiring manner.


Relief 7 Presiden RI di Garut. (Foto: Hakim Ghani/detikcom)



Capturing History Through Art


Nestled within the picturesque tea plantation of Dayeuh Manggung lies a breathtaking sculpture that pays homage to Indonesia's seven presidents. This art piece beautifully portrays a sense of camaraderie among these iconic figures, depicting them joyfully cycling together. The lineup includes Sukarno, Soeharto, B.J Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), Megawati, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and the 7th President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo.


Irwan Kurniawan, the manager of Perkebunan Teh Nusantara Dayeuhmanggung, shares that this sculpture was a labor of love by the local community to mark RI's 73rd anniversary. The artwork not only captures the essence of the occasion but also enhances the charm of the Dayeuhmanggung tea plantation, renowned for its unique villages like Kampung Amsterdam, Kampung Jokowi, and Kampung My Darling.

A Message Beyond Art


This collaborative masterpiece serves as more than just a visual delight; it conveys an educational message as well. "The sculpture of the seven presidents helps the younger generation understand that our nation has been led by seven presidents in the span of 73 years. Our current president is Jokowi," emphasizes Irwan.


The creation of this awe-inspiring sculpture was a collaborative effort spanning three months. Local residents and artists from Yogyakarta, Bali, and Jakarta joined forces to bring this vision to life, using materials like fiberglass, glass fiber, and iron.


A Symbol of Unity and Creativity


Crafted with meticulous care and passion, the sculpture showcases each president's unique character and contribution. The use of durable materials ensures its longevity and the sculpture is nearing completion, ready to dazzle visitors in its full glory before the upcoming Independence Day on August 17.


Indra, one of the talented artists involved in this endeavor, explains, "The process took three months, from modeling and material selection to finishing touches. We used fiberglass for the sculpture."


Conclusion

The collaborative effort between Hanh and Hari Prast stands as a testament to the power of art to unite communities and celebrate the rich history of Indonesia. Through their art, these talented individuals have not only paid tribute to the nation's leaders but have also imparted a valuable lesson to future generations. This awe-inspiring sculpture is a symbol of unity, creativity, and unwavering national pride.

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