We used to go to museums and galleries to look at contemporary art. But, increasingly, innovative mall operators are bringing art to the people. Pacific Place is an outstanding example of this phenomenon. In recent years it has supported a succession of young artists, notably the exceptionally gifted Darbotz, by displaying their creations for shoppers to enjoy and wonder at.
At Pacific Place, Darbotz, holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Design from Trisakti University, recently filled the mall’s huge atrium with an extraordinary giant blue floating balloon entitled “More Than Meets the Eye.” Darbotz has also worked with Oppo, the smartphone manufacturer, to raise funds for children’s palliative care. Along with artists Arkiv Vilmansa and Ronald Apriyan, Darbotz created designs for limited-edition phones. Proceeds from sales were donated to the Rachel House foundation. Another recent project for Darbotz was a collaboration with Berlin-based architect Snyder. At the Dukuh Atas MRT station, they created a mural celebrating the 25th anniversary of Berlin and Jakarta becoming sister cities.
“I’m grateful I could have the opportunity to work in interesting mediums and see how people are astonished at the results,” Darbotz says. “The blue balloon at Pacific Place had been on my bucket list since the beginning of my career. I have always loved drawing, and I dreamed of becoming an artist when I was young. Later, I fell in love with graffiti art. I loved the adrenaline, the heat on Jakarta’s streets, the noise. I felt liberated.”
Photographed by Tony Narotama
40 UNDER 40: THE VANGUARDS LIST IS PRESENTED BY SULWHASOO, AS PUBLISHED IN PRESTIGE INDONESIA OCTOBER 2019 ISSUE.