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A bum, a bird and a pig: Valletta 2018 unveils ‘Kif Jgħid Il-Malti’ public art installations

Friday, 2 February 2018, 14:44 Last update: about 6 years ago

Kif Jgħid il-Malti, a project presented by Valletta 2018, celebrates the beauty and creativity of the Maltese language by adapting 13 Maltese proverbs known as qwiel in public art installations around Valletta.

Among the installations are a man bent at his waist with his head inside an onion, a hand with a bird and a pig with its tail in its mouth.

The temporary installations were unveiled by Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Jason Micallef, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista and artist Joel Saliba.

As an artistic concept, ‘Kif Jghid Il-Malti‘ engages with these proverbs with the aim of bringing to the public’s attention Malta’s linguistic heritage, V18 said.

This project also reflects on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, presenting the Maltese language as living patrimony - a link between the past and the future in the form of cultural heritage, V18 said in a statement. The artist Joel Saliba, who created these installations with designs, said these are intended to be thought provoking and to reflect on the language.

This project, supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, is the creative work of Ikona Artworks Ltd. Joel Saliba and Margaret Pace are the creative team behind the project who originated the concept and installation designs, assisted in the process and research by Sara-Lee Zammit. Chris Galea was the logistical support and Perry Scenic Ltd was behind the manufacture of the installation works.

Photos James Caruana


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