Artist Reimagines Year of the Fire Rooster With Scrap Materials

This is how upcycle artist Jevie Pagpaguitan is ringing in the Lunar New Year at Crimson Hotel.
IMAGE The Crimson Hotel

A certain man once found himself irked by the sight of birds alighting on a wire without quite knowing why. It could be that the unassuming beauty of nature was ruined by the telephone wires positioned so close to each other. That, or he was simply an irascible man, raking coals over the tiniest imperfection.

But sometimes, the odd combination can have a striking effect. 

At the middle of Crimson Hotel is a lobby that looks more like a garden than anything else, where one can hardly tell that the golden fire roosters and prosperity trees have been made from scrap materials—trash cans, wires, metal sheets, plastic bottles, large basins, PVC pipes—for all that they shimmer and elevate the grand room.

Artist Jevie Pagpaguitan calls what he does "upcycling," which refers to the process of salvaging waste materials and turning them into art. 

One of Pagpaguitan's works also features the plum blossom, whose fragrance comes from the bitter cold of winter. It's an important symbol in Chinese culture that teaches the values of endurance, something we'll need in plenty for the homestretch of 2017. 


Crimson Hotel is in Filinvest City, Manila. To know more about the hotel and the artist, visit the official website.

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