Nuart Sculpture Park is an art gallery in Bandung, West Java. It exhibits the works of Indonesian maestro, Nyoman Nuarta. The famous sculptor is mostly known for his artworks on monuments throughout the country. Most notable of his work is the ambitious project of Garuda Wisnu Kencana in Bali.
Born in Tabanan, Bali, Nyoman Nuarta moved to Bandung in 1972 to study fine arts. Since then he’s been living in the city. And open his workshop. In 2000, Nuart Sculpture Park officially open and exhibit his arts for the public. The gallery displays around 200 of his artworks. From the beginning of his career to his latest masterpiece.
Nuart Sculpture Park is on the must-do list for anyone calling themselves an art enthusiast. Especially in sculpture. The parks occupy the 3-hectare area. There are two sections, the garden area, and the gallery ‘Nuart Building’. Apart from art exhibits, visitors can also take a peek on Nyoman Nuarta’s personal workshop at the far corner of the park.
The Nuart gallery building has a modern interior on par with a European art gallery. The dim lighting, the high ceiling, and the placement of every artwork. All are tastefully designed to enhance visitors’ art experience. Nyoman Nuarta’s artworks are located on the first floor. The second-floor displays artworks of other local artists.
Nyoman Nuarta signature mostly known of his brass and bronze works. His admiration for Salvador Dali’s appears on many of his sculptures. Some of his works carry abstract concepts open for interpretations. While others are an artistic expression of the local issues in Indonesia.
Observe the detailed texture of each of his works and the philosophy of their creation. Among the masterpiece to see here is the sculpture of the Goddess of Death. Just near the entrance. Present as “Dewi Zolim”, the sculpture portrays a hooded female figure. With a scythe and a scale on her hands.
The scale on her hands means neutrality and justice. But in his art, Mr. Nuarta illustrates how the angel of death, oppress the human below her. It violates the concept of justice she was meant to carry.
Outdoor Art Exhibition
A combination of art and nature. The garden of Nuart Sculpture Park hosts more of Mr. Nyoman’s arts. The artworks here are displayed in a way that they blend beautifully with the garden layout. Notice a statue of giant whale bursting out from the green grass below.
A sculpture of Orang Utan, a mother with her baby expresses the artist’s concern. Toward environmental degradation. The artworks depict how the animals suffer during a forest fire.
Behind The Scene At The Workshop
Mr. Nuarta opens his private studio to visitors on weekdays. The workshop is where he mostly carries his work daily. Observe as visitors see the sculptor and his assistants work on the latest masterpiece.
Visitors might also see parts of Garuda Wisnu Kencana monument in the middle of development here. Take a closer look but also be careful, as the art-in-the-making process here involves a lot of dangerous equipment.
Meet The Man Behind All The Masterpiece
Visiting an art gallery is one thing. But meeting the legendary artist himself would totally make an unforgettable memory. Mr. Nyoman Nuarta is a busy man.
On most days, he would get immersed in his work at the workshop. But once in a while he greets and chats with visitors. When he does, listen as he shares his wisdom regarding his work – it’s a rare occasion.
Art Course Class in Nuart Sculpture Park
With a small fee, visitors can join a short course at the workshop. Pick among these types of art: sculpting, painting, batik-painting, and graphic arts. It’s an experience to be an artist for a day. Working alongside Mr. Nyoman Nuarta and his assistants. An instructor will guide visitors during the art course.
Complete the whole experience in Nuart Sculpture Park with art shopping. Here at the Craft Boutique visitors can buy the miniature of Nyoman Nuarta’s masterpiece. Take a look at other artists’ works too. Craft Boutique also sells artworks from both local and international artists, designers, and craftsmen.
Nuart Sculpture Park Opening Hours
Nuart Sculpture Park opens daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. The gallery opens longer on weekends, from 9 AM to 9 PM.
|Nuart Sculpture Park Opening Hours|
|Sunday – Thursday||09:00 – 17:00|
|Friday – Saturday||09:00 – 21:00|
Nuart Sculpture Park Entrance Fee
An entrance ticket will cost IDR 50,000 per visitor. Students and children only have to pay half price at IDR 25,000. There’s no additional fee for a guide. The entrance ticket includes free welcome drink/souvenir.
|Nuart Sculpture Park Entrance Fee|
|Children & Student||Rp25.000|
Nuart Sculpture Park’s basic facilities include a spacious parking lot and clean toilets. The gallery has several restaurants inside the building. The signature café, N’Cafe, offers a Balinese delicacy, the Balinese Crispy duck which a favorite among visitors. Small food stands are scattered around the garden area where visitors can buy mineral water or snacks.
How To Get To Nuart Sculpture Park
Nuart Sculpture Park is conveniently located not far from Bandung city center. The simplest way to go there from any point Bandung is by taxi. Make sure to order a metered one or an online taxi to avoid scams. The journey takes around 30 minutes either from Bandung Railway Station or Bandung Husein Sastranegara International Airport.
There’s a public transport option available. Tourists can take a public van with route Sarijadi – Stasiun Hall and make a stop at Rusun Sarijadi. From there on, tourists still need to walk around 1 kilometer or take a motorcycle taxi instead. Nuart Sculpture Park’s location is deep in a suburban residential area. There’s no public transportation stops right in front of its entrance.