When the weekend hits and you find yourself in dire need of respite and relaxation, a long, head-clearing stroll in the park or a day at the museum sounds incredibly nice. It’s become the more convenient choice, however, to head to the mall for some shopping and dining.

With a new initiative from Greenbelt and Ayala Museum called G.A.M.E. (the Greenbelt + Ayala Museum Experience), it doesn’t have to be one or the other. The project aims to remind visitors that even ordinary days can be fun through collaborations with artists and designers that can be seen and experienced throughout the mall—that means history, culture, and art for everyone. Through the project, says Ayala Museum senior director Mariles Gustilo, they are able to “bring the museum out and bring the people in.”

The first of these collaborators is designer Lulu Tan Gan, known for her bold and colorful knitwear. Launched on November 8 and on-site until January 14, 2018, the art installation “Yarn Bomb Knit Bomb” transforms the trees and gardens of Greenbelt as they are adorned with bright, retro-inspired, and totally weatherproof garments. With the help of students from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde and volunteers of all ages and walks of life, these fabrics were created by hand: knit, crocheted, and woven, a tribute to the weaving traditions of the country.

Touching on themes of new age, psychedelia, and retro-galactic fusion for the overall look and vibe, “Yarn Bomb Knit Bomb” treats visitors and passerby to four must-see stations: the Retro Galactic Communitree, the Tribo Walk, the Retro Walk, and Retro by the Chapel.

“It’s an opportunity to create awareness [regarding the culture],” says Tan Gan. “[They] provided me the canvas, which is the garden.” She adds that the installation is unique in that it goes beyond the typical museum experience; it’s literally outside.

You can be close to nature, touch the art, and explore it in a wholly different way—all while you’re at the mall. What could be more futuristic than that?

By Fiel Estrella

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