Pohon Kahyangan or “Tree of Heaven” is Yani Mariani’s incarnation of her childhood memories and her love of nature. The artist spent her childhood in the interior of Sumatra, near the palm oil plantations. For the inhabitants, they believe these trees hold a figure of a mythical mother that takes care of local humans so they can live in prosperity. The trees also hold the mystical tales of its dwellers, which are passed down through generations, from the mother to child. Pohon Kahyangan is the artist’s attempt to continue passing these “tales” to the viewer.
The female figure leaning against the tree trunk represents Mother Nature, and the dragon image on the figure’s forehead represents the fairy tale elements. As they get older, the children will continue to tell the myths to their own offspring. This representation of continuity can be regarded as a hope for growth and reproduction in the future, a symbol of prosperity, and also a reminder for us to live in harmony with nature.
Mekar Cahaya di Hampar Pertiwi by Yani M. Sastranegara again shows the artist’s bond with nature. The sculpture consists of three similar components representing the head of a dandelion flower. This herbaceous and perennial flower is the starting point of this work’s concept. It symbolizes the impression of motion, light, and continuity of life - like the dandelion’s seeds, blowing in the wind and eventually finding a new home to continue their life cycle. The burst of lights that glow through its holes represents the beautiful spirit of life.
The installation of this sculpture is made possible thanks to the partnership between PT Jakarta Land and The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia.