Revitalizing a neglected space with art and design

PROJECT TYPE

Art / Design Installation

LOCATION

Binondo, Manila

STATUS

Completed in 2018

Recolor is a non-profit initiative to revitalize urban spaces for the benefit of the community. Organized by an enthusiastic group of architecture students, they needed help with the design and execution of their first project. They reached out to Kris Abrigo, who invited us to collaborate with him in making this vision come to life.

Situated in a small alley along Yuchengco St., the idea was to make the experience better for the numerous people who use the passage regularly, by improving their visual experience through Kris' murals. Wood installations to be mounted along the wall also added a tactile experience to the outdoor mural installation.



Revitalizing a neglected space with art and design

PROJECT TYPE

Art / Design Installation

LOCATION

Binondo, Manila

STATUS

Completed in 2018

Recolor is a non-profit initiative to revitalize urban spaces for the benefit of the community. Organized by an enthusiastic group of architecture students, they needed help with the design and execution of their first project. They reached out to Kris Abrigo, who invited us to collaborate with him in making this vision come to life.

Situated in a small alley along Yuchengco St., the idea was to make the experience better for the numerous people who use the passage regularly, by improving their visual experience through Kris' murals. Wood installations to be mounted along the wall also added a tactile experience to the outdoor mural installation.


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The narrow pathway is flanked by grottos at both ends and bounded by an apartment's CHB fence, with some concrete planters facing the estero along the sides. The street has some three hundred people passing through it every day, with a mixed demographic ranging from Binondo residents, vendors, students, and both local and foreign tourists exploring Manila. Bikes and small motorcycles would occasionally also pass through.

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Funds for the project were secured from the area's Barangay Chairmen and several local businesses. Paint and hardware materials were also purchased from local stores in the area. Wood for the installations was from reclaimed shipping pallets.

The execution took three days, with some of the students from the workshop helping out with the painting, carpentry, and documentation. Everyone spraypainted their names on the wall in graffiti style, for posterity.

This project was featured in a walking tour of Escolta and Binondo in the 2019 Escolta Block Festival.