The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) in Los Baños, Laguna unveiled the “Duterte Paddy Art” last Friday, through a post on its Facebook Page.
It is a kind of art that is truly reflective of Filipino ingenuity and resourcefulness, while putting the highlight on the Philippines as a predominantly agricultural country.
What’s more, it expresses support for the highest public official of the land, the President.
The live art installation takes up a whole rice paddy, and is actually made up of live rice plants. It is also reminiscent of 3D art installations, wherein the whole picture can be seen as distorted except when viewed from one certain angle.
It showcases the artistic talents of PhilRice, and sports President Rodrigo Duterte’s famous moniker ‘Du30’, but with the rendering of the president’s face in place of the ‘0’.
PhilRice’s paddy art gained favorable response and praises from netizens online. Many netizens expressed that they found the art really cool, and would like to visit PhilRice to take selfie with the art installation.
The art is located in Palayabangan Field, along Biotech Road, in the University of the Philippines, Los Baños.
“In designing the rice paddy art, the Institute’s FutureRice program employed the anamorphosis principle, an art technique used for a distorted artwork that will only appear normal when viewed from a certain angle. It is the same principle used in 3D street and room art.” — Philippine Rice Research Institute’s official statement.
Kudos and congratulations to the team behind the art installation in PhilRice! It is one very clever way to pique people’s interest and put a spotlight on agriculture and farming as a sustainable industry.
The Philippine Rice Research Institute is a governmental corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture. It’s primary objective is to create high-yielding yet cost-reducing technologies for farmers. It offers numerous inter-disciplinary programs with technologies that are eco-system based, and are tailor-fitted to be problem-specific and profitable for Filipino farmers.