The work of art, installed in front of SM Megamall, is the artist’s first large-scale museum piece made public
The pandemic has taught us many things. One of which is the significance of time—time to be with family, friends, and loved ones. Furthermore, it teaches us to not waste time and truly be in the moment, moving past what was pre-pandemic. With the ongoing global crisis, we are encouraged to see the brighter days ahead by valuing time.
This is what Filipino-American artist Jefre Manuel Figueras, or more known as Jefrë, wants to instill to everyone when looking at his latest artwork, Time Sculpture. Unveiled to the public last month at SM Megamall, the 12-meter tall work depicts a man looking at his watch, symbolizing that time is indeed valuable.
“This is part of the reason why SM Supermalls has been championing the arts through various programs and events. SM has used its malls as platforms for local artists and craftsmen to showcase impeccable skills and talents through their masterpieces. And today, amid the pandemic, we carry on with this purpose,” says Steven Tan, president of SM Supermalls, during the launch event at SM Megamall.
Indeed, SM Supermalls has been the destination for exciting art events like SM Megamall’s Art Walk and Art Center. Other prestigious cultural programs and memorable spaces for public art include the iconic Globe at SM Mall of Asia, the Cube at SM City Seaside Cebu, Cubi by National Artist Arturo Luz at the Podium, and the colorful Philippine animals at the Skypark at SM Aura Premier.
Now standing along EDSA, the Time Sculpture aims to “create understanding of the history of the city and its people, as well as to establish forms that best represent the city.”