WotBatu Gallery: Sunaryo’s Take on Volcanic Stones


Photo by Bagus Trilaksono


WotBatu is another gallery that belongs to 74-year-old artist Sunaryo located right across his Selasar Sunaryo, but with a totally different concept. It took four years for WotBatu to be completed before it was opened to the public in 2016.

“While Selasar Sunaryo was made to evoke social interactions, WotBatu is a place for us to connect ourselves with our inner selves,” said Sunaryo.

‘WotBatu’ is old Javanese for ‘stone bridge’; it is a spiritual ‘bridge’ between the soul and all the other physical matters, and a bridge between the four elements of nature: earth, fire, water, and wind.

Stones are not only a medium that Sunaryo frequently uses, but also represents a realm before the time we identify as the past.

A conceptual arrangement of 136 volcanic stones is laid on a 2,000 sqm open space, composed based Sunaryo’s personal spiritual journey. There are carvings, inlays and particles on the stones that represent the marks of a civilization. In other words, they are part of a legacy from the present time for centuries to come.

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Barbara Hahijary
Barbara earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the Interior Architecture Program of the University of Indonesia in 2013. Historical or heritage buildings, as well as utilitarian design, fascinates her as it is the interaction between people and architecture that remains her favourite topic to explore. Besides architecture, her interests include design, handcrafts, literature and social issues.

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