David Medalla unveils ‘Cloud Canyons No. 31’ at BDO Corporate Center

This acquisition is a watershed moment in PH corporate art. The first in the Medalla series in 1961 was lauded as the first ‘auto-creative’ sculpture, drawing praise from Marcel Duchamp. Its variations have been seen in museums worldwide A watershed moment in Philippine corporate art is the acquisition by Banco de Oro (BDO) of David Medalla’s “Cloud Canyons No. 31,” for display in its Ortigas headquarters. The artist himself was guest of honor at the unveiling last Aug. 31 at the BDO Corporate Center in Ortigas, where the kinetic sculpture will be on permanent display in the lobby. Medalla is acknowledged in the international contemporary art scene as a leading figure in conceptual, performance and participatory art. Although he has spent most of his creative life in Britain, he returned to the Philippines earlier this year. Art has become an increasingly important means of corporate image building. Traditionally, companies have preferred its public art to be more “monumental,” carved in stone or forged from steel, their static mass communicating stature and permanence. Meanwhile, corporate collections tend to be defined by the tastes of its top executives, although many compan...

Laser cutting metal is nothing new, but recently it’s becoming more and more accessible to the

Laser cutting metal is nothing new, but recently it’s becoming more and more accessible to the average hobbyist. Follow these simple guidelines to design your first laser cut metal part! In short, a laser is a focused beam of light, concentrating a lot of energy on a very small area. When this happens, material in front of a laser will burn, melt, or vaporize, making a hole. Add some CNC to that, and you get a machine that can cut or engrave very intricate parts made of wood, plastic, rubber, metal, foam, or other materials. Every material has its limitations and benefits when comes to a laser cutting. For instance, you may think that a laser can cut through anything, but that’s simply not the case. Not every material is suitable for laser cutting. That’s because every material requires a particular amount of energy to be cut. For example, the energy needed to cut through paper is a lot less than the energy needed for a 20-mm thick steel plate. Keep this in mind when buying a laser or ordering through a laser cutting service. Always check the laser’s power or at least what materials it can cut. As a reference, a 40-W laser can cut through paper, cardboard, foam, and thin ...