With his monumental bamboo structures, the architect and artist Eko Prawoto emphasises the soul and community of each place he works. His art installations are inspired by the shapes of wormholes, conch shells, fish traps or leaves, which he interprets with a strong focus on geometry.
Prawoto builds using organic bamboo, which he buys from locals in the rural areas outside the megacity Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Bamboo is an extremely resilient construction material. Historically is has always been used in Indonesia, but during Dutch colonialism it was banned due to a strain of bacteria that developed in the bamboo plantations.
Shells at the Sea is a new construction installation that Prawoto has made for Holbæk. Its spatial shape is inspired by the shells to be found on the beach, here unified by a yin-yang interrelatedness. Prawoto strives to create a space where the relationship between people, animals and nature are in balance.
His innovative shell structure by Holbæk Fjord has been built using traditional bamboo carving tools and carpentry skills, giving it a powerful cultural and historical significance. For Prawoto, the construction itself and the activities it will house mark the essential relationship between an understanding of nature and spirituality.
Born in Purworejo 1958, Eko Prawoto grew up in Central Jawa, Indonesia, and graduated from Gadjah Mada University as Bachelor of Architecture in 1982 and from the Berlage Institute Amsterdam as Master in Architecture in 1993. Since 1985 he has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Design in Duta Wacana Christian University. In 2000 he established a design studio, Eko Prawoto Architecture Workshop. His works have been shown at the Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Kamikatsu Art Festival, Regionale XII in Austria, and latest at the Singapore Biennale 2013.