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Photojournalism-Reminiscing Bamboo Artwork Jakarta
Were you wondering a bamboo art installation in the heart of Jakarta? I watched it.

How to get there?
Bamboo art installation “Getah-Getih” was planned to open on Thursday, 16th August 2018. My editor asked me to portrait one day before. I was from Gedung KPK (Corruption Eradication Commission Building). It took 30 mins from Gedung KPK on Sudirman to Hotel Indonesia traffic circle by commuter train and online motorcycle taxi (ojek online; ojol). 

The Hotel Indonesia traffic circle seems busy. Many vehicles were passing. There were passengers crossed, and the officer helped us. Some visitors took photos of the bamboo art installation; some just passed.

Installed at Hotel Indonesia roundabout
I was curious why this bamboo artwork installed in the Hotel Indonesia roundabout. After doing some of the mini-research, this bamboo artwork held for commemorating 73 years of Indonesian Independence. Besides, this artwork created for celebrating Asian Games that had in Jakarta.

This artwork commissioned by the government of Jakarta and inaugurated by the Governor Anies Baswedan.

The artwork held up by 73 bamboo stilts and 1,600 pieces of bamboo. It took ten men in seven days of work processing to install the 5.5 meter-tall of it.

The sculptor
The bamboo art installation “Getah-Getih” is created by Joko Avianto. He is an Indonesian sculptor and graduated from Bandung Institute of Technology in West Java. He has been experimenting with bamboo from 2003. His bamboo artwork exhibited at Art Stage Singapore, Frankfurter Kunstverein in Germany, and Yokohama Triennale in Japan 2013.
Symbolism
The bamboo artwork “Getah-Getih” related to the red-and-white flag of 13th-century kingdom, Majapahit. Later, this flag became the country’s national flag.

Also, the tangling shape was from the inspiration of a rope knot, which symbolizes unity.
Controversy
One year after the photoshoot (2019), I just realized, this bamboo artwork evoked tons of reactions from netizens. Some commented, the shape seems like broom or ginger. Some criticized, it looked like two people having sexual intercourse from above. At the same time, I saw it like an airplane.

However, the bamboo artwork only survived on 6-12 months. The risk was higher due to the weather. Some of the braids fall apart and could perhaps harm the pedestrians. The bamboo material is biodegradable. But in the end, Pemprov (Provincial Administration) DKI Jakarta dismantled the “Getah-Getih” bamboo artwork.

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