This is the first time I come to Art Jakarta. It’s an exhibition of art works from various artists from various countries. This year, it’s conducted in Jakarta Convention Center from August 30 to September 1. While enjoying the exhibition, from a bit distance, I see an unique sculpture of a man driving motorcycle which seems like gonna jump to the sky. As I person who work in automotive industry, I immediately get attracted to that art work. I have never seen the representation of motorcycle in such that way.
However, from that sculpture style, I can quickly guess that it is the work of Nyoman Nuarta, a prominent artist born in Bali who now lives in Bandung, West Java. After checking a little bit, ya it’s definitely his work. His chopper and brass work characteristic is so strong and typically him so I can easily figure out which his work is. I’m happy to find a certain section of the exhibition to display his some art works.I knew about his name for the first time when I visited Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park in Badung Bali in 2007 when I was still a university student. Even though the main sculpture of a Hindu god named Vishnu and his companion of mythical bird Garuda hasn’t finished at that time, I somehow got very impressed to know Nyoman Nuarta’s vision to create it. It was projected as one of highest sculpture in the world which of course would become a pride for Indonesian people, too.After visiting GWK, I was curious to find out what other arts works of him that can be enjoyed too in public space. I got more surprised knowing that I actually his works were actually already familiar to me like Arjuna Wijaya Sculpture in Thamrin Central Jakarta. It is an iconic chopper sculpture representing Arjuna, a character from Mahabharata, with his carriage which are pulled by 8 horses on a moment of war named Barathayudda. It was made in 1987 as assignment from President Soekarno who was inspired to display art works in the capital city representing the spirit or culture of Indonesia.Furthermore, I’ve also seen his other works such as Tugu Tarian Langit (Dance of the Sky Monument ) in Harapan Indah Bekasi, Tugu Zapin (Zapin Dance Monument) in Riau, Ku Yakin Sampai di Sana (I’m Sure I Can Reach It) Sculpture in front of National Museum Jakarta, and Karapan Sapi (Cow Racing) Sculpture in Surabaya.Back to Art Jakarta 2019 Exhibition, after seeing his works here, I can definitely state that his works have motion spirit. Like a man with motorcycle that I mention in the beginning, it has structure of something like wind and smoke which makes the motion presentation of jumping to sky is more realistic as well as dramatic.Here, I also see couple works about the legendary Buddhist temple Borobudur. It’s not only a free- interpretation miniature sculpture but showing a dynamic. The roots-like shape below the temple making the impression that Borobudur is pulled up to the sky. It’s fantastic, isn’t it!These works eventually attracted my curiosity to explore more about his works. Thus, I’m tempted to visit his NuArt Sculpture Park in Bandung someday.The beauty of art is soothing as well as satisfying. Hopefully, I can find and enjoy more posh arts like that in Indonesia in the future.