KOTA KINABALU: Arts and culture should be included as part development strategies in cities, said Tourism, Art and Culture Minister Mohamaddin Ketapi
“It will increase tourism and other indirect economy activity, improve quality of life and community engagement and educate, inspire and stimulating creativity of our society.
“I believe it is important to have such public art event like the Art Installation by The Bay here in our city.
“It is said that the sign of a great state or a great city in the strength of its culture life. This is when a state or a city have gone beyond economic prosperity,” he said at the launching of the Fifth Art Installation by The Bay at Segama Waterfront Boardwalk, here today.
Mohamaddin said, art has always been an important component of the society because art expresses the non-verbal and despite our heavy emphasis on the verbal and written.
“There is a vast realm of human experience that can only be understood and supported without words.
“It will infuse strength to act upon the art’s message when the society could not deliver it in words themselves.
“Hopefully the arts installed by The Bay here will gain attention to people, not just on art itself but also on environment causes that are otherwise could be ignored,” he said.
He also hoped that the event will spark a discussion that could make a change or bring more awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.
“To the public, this installations hopefully will inspire action and help develop strong feelings towards the art as well as assist to understand the aesthetics of the subject of the art itself.
“I encourage to all participants and the public to immerse themselves in the environment themes of this event by becoming more green, eco-friendly and sustainable in their act and behaviour,” he said. -SabahNewsToday