Monday, September 14, 2009

My World#39 Bamboo Arcs of Luzon

These arcs are usually seen as street decorations along with the buntings and banners in fiestas and other events in the northern parts of the Philippines. I initially thought that it was made of wood or plant leaves or stems as were commonly used in other parts of the Phillipines.

However, at closer look they were made of bamboo stalks. The designs were intricate and finely detailed. It was always amazing to see. This craftmanship is slowly dying as arcs are now made easily with readily made materials like wood, cement, steel and paper. I can only hope that this can be passed on to the next generations.

The photos were taken at the grounds of the Provincial Government of Bulacan, Luzon, Philippines.

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Sylvia K September 14, 2009 at 7:59 PM  

Oh, they're beautiful! I would hate to see them lost, too! What marvelous shots you have of them!

Have a good week!


Ebie September 14, 2009 at 8:33 PM  

These are definitely a work of fine craftsmanship, very creative, that we can be proud of. I hope they can maintain the upkeep and preserve it. Such a beauty.

P.S. Thanks for your nice compliments.

Jim September 14, 2009 at 10:43 PM  

That's really interesting and unique.
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Anonymous September 15, 2009 at 12:11 AM  

Wow - that is a work of art and fine craftsmanship. Very cool!

eileeninmd September 15, 2009 at 6:06 AM  

It is lovely artwork and would be a shame to see such creatviity lost. Thanks for sharing the photos and your world.

Snap September 15, 2009 at 6:39 AM  

How unusual, beautiful, creative. Thanks so much for showing us. September 15, 2009 at 9:29 AM  

amazing craftsmanship! thanks for sharing something so unique from your world.

George September 15, 2009 at 7:12 PM  

The craftsmanship of these arcs is truly amazing. They are absolutely beautiful.

chrome3d September 15, 2009 at 9:12 PM  

Seeing them from distance I though they could have been painted cast iron or as the details were so sharp. That detail photo was so illuminating. Brilliant work!

Gattina September 15, 2009 at 10:36 PM  

Absolutely gorgeous ! It's a pity if this artwork would die !

SandyCarlson September 19, 2009 at 5:46 PM  

That is a work of art, to be sure. It is a shame that such folk art is dying out. It's gorgeous and a wonderful reflection of your culture.

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