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The stories behind Bawah Reserve’s beautiful sculpted art

July 10, 2020 Hotel News No Comments Email Email

Jellyfish Chandeliers
Where: Treetops Restaurant

If you haven’t seen it, Conde Nast Traveller describes this sculpture, like this: “The big design statements have been saved for the main building, where a swarm of jellyfish chandeliers are strung across the dining room.”

The design of Treetops, and its latticed bamboo roof, is a piece of art in itself so choosing art to fit within it was a challenge but Boon came up with a simple idea to use the lighting as artwork. He drew a sketch of curves and shapes that began to look like a bloom of jellyfish with requests that the piece be able to move in the wind and create subtle natural sounds. A few weeks later, the local craftsmen delivered the sculpture, and the space was transformed. Boon loved the finished piece so much that he decided to put a smaller version into every Beach Suite.

The Grouper Fish 
Where: Grouper Bar
World Travel Magazine said that the Grouper Bar is easily “identified by the giant grouper sculpture made from driftwood.” As our main beach bar and meeting point, it was only fitting to use driftwood – ordinary branches that are transformed into something of great beauty by the power of the oceans – to decorate this space. During Bawah’s construction, Boon and owner Tim Hartnoll spent lots of time at Bawah and often bought fresh fish from local fisherman to eat. Boon was inspired by the shapes of the fish in the fishermen’s basket. He drew a grouper fish, common to the lagoon, and shared it with an artist in Java. Within three weeks, a mock-up was created, and this sculpture was commissioned.


Flying Fish Weather Vane
Where: Bawah Reserve’s jetty #jettygram
The newest art installation at Bawah is the Flying Fish Weather Vane on the resort’s main jetty. Designed as something fun to greet arriving guests, the sculpture marks the Y junction of the jetty and is inspired by the flying fish that weave through the waves in our lagoons. The sculpture is also a weather vane; it indicates the direction of the wind. Made from patinated brass metal, each fish is on a pivot and turns with the wind. A simple sketch sent from Boon to a Javanese village metal worker resulted in this beautiful and practical design.

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