“Dagsa” (Washed Off to Shore) — 2017
A site-specific art installation by Mek Yambao
Mangenguey Island, Busuanga, Palawan
for Tao Philippines’ Camp Ngey Ngey

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Date of Completion: March 27, 2017
Scrap bamboo materials, nipa palm leaves thatching, discarded buoys, ropes and nets
25 x 10 x 8 ft (LxWxH)

Artist statement:


“Dagsa” is a word for ‘things washed off to shore’ in the local dialect Cuyonin. It perfectly encapsulates the concept to promote creativity in upcycling more fitting to the local cultural mold. Demonstrating its’ practical function as a beach shed, it also portrays how responsible ecotourism can be mutually beneficial to man and nature.

Underneath is a nipa palm leaf origami remade fresh every few days that can be viewed underneath. It signifies that change starts with just one.


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