Art in an airport lounge

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TRAVEL and art meet halfway and converge at the SilverKris Lounge of Singapore Airlines.

Here, works of Filipino artists are on display — and for sale — while accentuating an area full of hurried passengers whose eyes are usually glued to their mobile phones.

Hoping to get the attention of this crowd are the creations of contemporary craftsmen Melissa La O’; and Spektacularis artists Lilliana Manahan, Gabriel Lichauco, and Stanley Ruiz. The exhibition is curated by Salcedo Auctions.

“We feel that these artists have gotten so much from their travels: inspirations and insights, which have led them to think and create, and then share the insights through their art,” said Richie Lerma, Salcedo Auctions director.

The motivation behind the project, Singapore Airlines general manager Balagopal Kunduvara said, was to “reflect the rich culture that the Philippines takes pride in.” The airline also wants to create a lounge that feels like “home away from home.”

Ms. La O’, a painter and architect, contributed 13 abstract works in colors reminiscent of the sky and sun, as well as of a flamboyance of flamingoes.

The Spektacularis artists, meanwhile, highlight the fragile art of glass making with six glassworks on display.

Founded last year, the collective is a collaboration between the Czech Republic, which has a thriving glass making community, and Filipino artists who wish to expand and modernize the use of glass in art.

Mr. Lichauco contributed pieces that translate his award-winning furniture designs into glass.

Industrial designer Mr. Ruiz, meanwhile, combined glass with pine wood to make soft, flowing structures.

Last but not least, Ms. Manahan created see-through animals with stained glass floating in their bellies.

All three Spektacularis artists collaborated with Czech artist Jiri Pacinek.

If one or two (or more) artworks happen to catch your eye at the lounge, purchases are available through the Salcedo Private View.

The curated artworks will be exhibited until May 2018. — NFPDG

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