Take Five: Art in Island Lets You Interact and Become One with Their Art
It’s a scenario that we’ve all either seen or experienced firsthand when visiting a museum: a group of rambunctious teenagers or a cheerful family walks the halls of a museum, suddenly halting to a stop in front of a specific work of art that they deem interesting. Out comes a camera or phone. As they gather together to pose in front of the painting or sculpture, awaiting the flash of the camera, a booming voice can be heard echoing throughout the room, “No pictures!” A security guard walks up relatively rapidly to the already humiliated party, pointing to the signs on the wall that evidently state “no photography allowed,” quickly dissipating any leftover impulse to snap a picture as they move onward to the next body of work or room.
Fortunately for museum-goers, there is one place where the condescending tone of security guards can be avoided and cameras can feel free to make their grand entrance. In fact, at the Art in Island 3D Art Museum, located at an old bus terminal in the Philippines, photography is encouraged. “Here, art paintings are not complete if you are not with them, if you don’t take pictures with them,” Blyth Cambaya, the museum’s secretary, recently told Mashable.
Able to hold a capacity of 120 visitors at any one time, the museum boasts some 180+ wondrous paintings on two separate floors that depict everything from the lively jungle to Disney’s Frozen, and as a source at the museum kindly pointed out to us, if market demand continues to increase, they plan to paint new works every six months. But it isn’t the quantity that is grandiose in nature; rather it is the level of interactivity, amusement and creativity it encourages, leaving a long-lasting impression on individuals who wish to not only pose with the art but be a part of it.
According to an e-mail conversation between GALO and a source at the museum, this place “is truly unique from other traditional museums where visitors are mere spectators and photography is strictly prohibited. Art in Island lives by the maxim: ‘Be part of art.’ We encourage guests to create fond memories of their visit by creatively participating in 3D artworks through their own distinctive poses. Our optical illusions also give visitors insights about the unique ways our eyes perceive the world and the curious methods in which our mind processes optical information.”
So the next time you’re in Quezon City and have two hours to spare, you might want to head on over to the back of Cubao Expo and pay a visit to this unique museum, giving yourself the chance to experience artwork in a truly interactive and unforgettable way. And if that’s not enough, it will surely give your Facebook and Instagram friends something to talk about! Just don’t forget to wear socks or bring a pair of comfortable slippers, as shoes are not permitted so as not to destroy the magnificent artwork that permeates the floors.
Take a look at some of the artworks below and tell us what you think! Will you be paying a visit to this interactive museum?
Art in Island, which is located at 175 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 8 p.m. Adult tickets cost 500 Philippine pesos ($11.27) and student tickets cost 400 php ($9.02). Children under three feet can enter for free. For more information about the museum, you can call the following number: +632 421-1356 or visit their official Facebook page by clicking here.