Tradition meets science-fiction: Dgħajsa gets futuristic update
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Tradition meets science-fiction: Dgħajsa gets futuristic update

Artists invited to produce works for public display

The traditional dgħajsa tal-pass has been as a key symbol of traditional life in Malta for generations.

But in a warehouse in Qormi, artist Matthew Pandolfino has given the traditional boat a futuristic update, complete with a steel sphere that gives the impression the boat could take flight.

Photo: Matthew PandolfinoPhoto: Matthew Pandolfino

“We wanted to amalgamate the boat with a concept based in science-fiction,” Mr Pandolfino said.

Work on the seven square metre steel sculpture, complete with moving propellers, has been ongoing for two years. Mr Pandolfino hopes it will become a landmark at the Cospicua dock, where it will be placed next April.

The project is part of the Arts in Public Spaces Programme, which will see six art pieces distributed across six localities in Malta and Gozo.A fresh call for submissions was announced Tuesday at the warehouse, where construction of Mr Pandolfino’s "Dgħajsa tal-pass" is underway.

Speaking at a press conference announcing the new call, Infrastructure Minister Ian Borg said the programme will continue to implement projects close to the community.

The programme enables artists to create works related to localities of that choice, he explained.

Culture Minister Owen Bonnici highlighted the importance of the projects, saying the programme makes art more accessible to the public and provides a platform for upcoming artists.

Six artists will be granted €30,000 each to implement their project in different localities.

An information session will be held February 19 at the Gozo Ministry and February 20 at Project House in Floriana. The deadline for submissions is April 12.

Artist Matthew Pandolfino (centre), with ministers Ian Borg and Owen Bonnici to his left. Photo: DOI/Vince PiscopoArtist Matthew Pandolfino (centre), with ministers Ian Borg and Owen Bonnici to his left. Photo: DOI/Vince Piscopo

Photo: DOI/Vince PiscopoPhoto: DOI/Vince Piscopo

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