Artworks set to adorn Marsa flyover junction selected

Clockwise from top left: The Creation of Man (Haak Studio), Sema (I+A Limited), Tipping Point (Alex Welch) and Tisliba (Paul Haber).

Four artworks from three countries – Malta included – will be providing traffic passing through the new Marsa junction flyovers with something to contemplate as Infrastructure Malta has announced the results of its public art competition.

IM had carried out an international call for artworks in collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv last March, calling for the design of large-scape permanent outdoor public artworks between 4-5m in height, with the cost of each artwork not exceeding €50,000.

The competition attracted 56 proposals from 36 participants who hail from 7 countries: Malta, Cyprus, Italy, Romania, Spain, the USA and Venezuela.

IM said that all proposals were reviewed by a panel of artists and other stakeholders, stating that the high level of participation and the quality of the proposed designs made the process more challenging than it expected.

After several weeks of analysing each design’s artistic merit and technical specifications, however, the panel selected four projects, of which two hail from Malta while the other two came from Cyprus and Romania.

The two Maltese proposals are Tisliba by Gozitan ceramist Paul Haber and Sema by I+A Limited, a collective of architects and technologists. Haak Studio, an architectural firm based in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca, presented The Creation of Man, while Limassol-based metal artist Alex Welch submitted Tipping Point.

IM will now be launching final discussions with the four selected participants so that their artwork may be produced within six months, for installation in green areas being developed around the Marsa flyovers.

12 artworks shortlisted for other road projects

The panel also identified another 12 proposals, submitted by 10 participants, which may be utilised in other ongoing or future infrastructural projects in Malta. These projects are Two Meters Apart by Box Concept Studio, Observatory by Kane Cali, The Floating Cube by Clifford Carabott, The Guardian Angel and The Centaur by Jennings Falzon, On the Move by John Grima, N(h)ar by I+A Ltd, Ascension by Mizzi Studios, Desdoblado Unfolded by José Sanchez, Il-Mara Qawwija and Il-Ġgant tal-Ilma by Alejandro Vega and Mewġa by Paul Vella Critien.

The designs and scale models of the four projects selected for the Marsa junction and the other 12 shortlisted proposals are to be exhibited at Spazji Kreattiv later this year.