A heartening sight at Medan Pasar

Last update: 22/11/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 -- Those passing through Medan Pasar in Kuala Lumpur will be awed by a heart-shaped bamboo rotunda erected behind the Clock Tower.

The 15sqm installation by Indonesian artist, Andi Ramdani, 40, has drawn people to explore it, take selfies and record videos, signalling their love for it.

Part of Urbanscapes 2019,  ‘HuRu HaRa: Kubah by Andi Ramdani’ is 6m high and features a walkway, space for performances, as well as public tables and chairs.

Despite all the attention, though, the renowned artist from West Java says it could have been much better, especially the roof.

“I wished to instal more bamboo in the roof, but for safety reasons, I could not do so as it would have made the roof heavy and easily collapse,” he told Bernama.

Loving using bamboo for his artwork, he said it took him and his team two weeks to complete the installation.

“Initially, we had difficulty finding more string to bind the bamboo togther, but somehow we managed to get it done by maximising available string," the dad-of-two said.

The exhibition by production company, terryandthecuz, will end Nov 24.

Company director, Govin Ruben, said the objective of the installation is to reconnect the public with the Kuala Lumpur of the past.

“The concept of HuRu-HaRa is 'chaos'. When Kuala Lumpur first started where two rivers (Sungai Klang and Sungai Gombak) meet in the city, there was a chaotic market place here. Different people came together to build the city.

“We want to revive that through music, video shows, dance and theatre which will bring people together under one roof,” he said.

Asked why he picked Andi to design the rotunda, Govin said he was impressed by the artist’s attention to detail and for having exhibited overseas.

University student, Nashrul Haziq Ramli, 23, described the installation as one of a kind and something that is rarely seen in Kuala Lumpur.

“At first I was afraid to use the walkway inside, but when I stepped in, it felt sturdy. What an amazing artwork,” he said.

Apart from heaping praise on the structure, another student, Rachel Ng Cai Jiun, 21, said she was amazed by the light rays passing through the bamboo.

“I like how they used bamboo to make this structure, showcasing the natural light in this space,” Ng, who came with three friends, said.