Medalla’s Cloud Canyons No. 31 New Home at BDO Corporate Center Ortigas

David Medalla is a Filipino artist who has practiced abroad for most of his life. His work ranges from sculpture to kinetic art to painting, installation and performance art. He is increasingly recognized as an important figure in contemporary art, and his contributions to sculpture and performance art have inspired many.

David Medalla posing for the media

One of his rare sight art is his Cloud Canyons No. 31 which is his reminiscence of the clouds during the tropical sunsets in Manila, the skyline of New York, the frothing mouth of a dying Japanese soldier, a visit to a brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the bubbling ginataan of his mother's cooking.

david medalla bubbles

It is a very historically important work of art so BDO Unibank, Inc provides its new home —and it gives BDO great pleasure to be able to show it—for all to see. Permanently installed at its lobby, the Bank welcomes everyone to visit the sculpture at its Corporate Center in Ortigas (CCO).

david medalla with cloud canyons

Mara Coson, who is an advisor to the BDO art collection, took it upon to herself to bring Cloud Canyons No. 31 to Manila. She once set her eyes on this marvelous art piece at the gallery space in London a few years back. 

At first glance, Cloud Canyons No. 31 looks like a pool of clouds in constant motion that creates different shapes. It is made of plexiglas tubes, wood, fibreglass, water, soap, and oxygenators, it is part of a series often referred to as the “bubble machines.” 

David Medalla’s Cloud Canyons No. 31

Cloud Canyons No. 31 was first exhibited in 2016 when Medalla was one of the shortlisted artists for the inaugural Hepworth Wakefield Prize for Sculpture. The first of these was produced in 1961 and was initially exhibited in 1964 at the Signals Gallery in London. 

Other Cloud Canyons can be found in the collections of Tate Modern and National Gallery Singapore. The series is considered one of Medalla’s seminal artworks.

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