A 12 meter-tall artwork by Filipino-American public artist Jefre Manuel Figueras, a.k.a. JEFRË, will be unveiled in front of SM Megamall on July 29.
The giant sculpture, called the Time Sculpture, depicts a man looking at his watch—a reminder to people that time is valuable.
The sculpture is part of JEFRË’s Baks Series, the artist’s first signature work. The Baks Series was named after the phonetic pronunciation of the word “box” in American English. Its figures are archetypes representing people who give life and character to cities around the world.
Time Scuplture is made with mirror stainless steel with points established across the figure’s body and are then connected by polyhedrons that create complex three-dimensional planes. The box-shaped head is also an iconic form within the artwork as it establishes the figure as symbolic expressions. According to JEFRË, people are the building blocks of the city and by converting the statue’s head to a block, the artist connects the figures to urban architecture.
The permanent art sculpture at SM Megamall, like any other public art installation, aims to create understanding of the history of the city and its people, as well as to establish forms that best represent the city.
JEFRË, an award-winning public artist based in Chicago, Illinois, is a proud Filipino with family originating from San Pedro, Laguna and Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur. JEFRË creates art and sculptures that help identify cities and places. For him, it’s an opportunity to use art more than decoration but also to provide a sense of place and opportunities to create emotion for visitors of the place.
JEFRË studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, The Ohio State University, and Architectural Association in London. In 2012, he was named Emerging Artist of the Year and has won in various monumental sculpture competitions in Washington DC, New Orleans, San Antonio, London, Rome, and Miami.
Some of JEFRË’s works in the Philippines include “Talking Heads,” a permanent installation featuring six large sculptures in the lobby of SM Prime’s Five Ecom Center Building, and larger-than-life sculptures of carabao, eagle, rooster, and tarsier at SM Aura Premier.