Renovating for the new year

Renovations are underway at Sanggar O for the new year of 2020. We’re improving the ‘warung rooms’ with new windows, doors, beds, furniture and artworks. \nWe’re also decorating the ‘aula’ rooms with new paint, more ANDartworks and furniture.

Why? We have a group of international artists coming to stay for three months to collaborate with each other and Indonesian artists toward creation of a new pan-Asian performance. Very exciting!

We’ll post pix here of the works underway so please check back over the next couple of weeks to see how we’re doing. It’s a kind of performance in itself.

The lead pic is of the forthcoming window in the ‘writer’s warung’, a room with double bed, big window looking onto part of the garden and, of course, a writing desk.

The pic below is of the hard-working team from Lis’s village in Central Java, who made the window hole, pictured pulling out an old door to make way for the new.

Team from Java hard at work
Team from Java hard at work. Photo: Sanggar O/Robert Finlayson

And now, next morning, some more progress.

The hole ready for the new frame and door.
The hole neatened and strengthened below, awaiting the new window.

Two young gentlemen from the nearby Toko Madura, a shop specialising in secondhand timber, arrived earlier this morning to measure the holes (and forthcoming holes) and receive the designs for the doors and windows. Now we wait a few days for them to complete their tasks.

In the meantime, Team Java are installing guttering along the terrace because when it rains in Bogor, it pours, and the water from the roof descends in the shape of an attractive wave that breaks upon the ground and splashes up and over the low wall of the terrace, causing some limitation of comfortable use.

Installing the guttering.

And thanks to the daily afternoon rain, it has been tested and works!

Rain shaped to a small rivulet size

Wondering why there were no gutters already installed? One theory is that modern buildings adopted Western building technologies, such as concrete, but the builders also kept traditional features, such as not installing guttering, which wasn’t perhaps used in the past because of a lack of suitable material and wide eaves that kept the walls dry; the teak walls typically resisting any water splatter. The extra expense of modern guttering would not have been attractive, either. And the need to store water in tanks or ponds was hardly necessary in the tropical climate of the past. Longer and more extreme dry seasons, as we experienced this year, might begin to change this approach.

Meanwhile, holes have been knocked in the Pool and Middle warung rooms.

The Pool room window hole
The Pool room’s window hole
The middle room door and window holes
The Middle room’s door and window holes

And today, on time, the window frame for the Writer’s room has arrived.

The Writers room window frame arrives
The Writer’s room window frame arrives.
Pak Rojak installing the window frame in the Writer's room
Pak Rojak installing the window frame in the Writer’s room

Job done. Now waiting for the Toko Madura gentlemen to come with the glass.

The new window frame installed in the Writer's room
The new window frame installed in the Writer’s room

In the meantime, the door frame has been properly installed…

The new door frame for the Writer's room
The new door frame for the Writer’s room

And the large window and door frames in the Pool room, likewise….

The big window frame and door frame in the Pool room
The big window frame and door frame in the Pool room

The door and window frame for the Middle room, which is in one piece, has just arrived because it had to be returned owing to the gentlemen omitting to include one of the window frames…

Pondering the revised door-and-windows frame for the Middle room
Pondering the revised door-and-windows frame for the Middle room

By the way, don’t worry, the child isn’t working, he’s playing. His father is the one doing the work.

While waiting for the frames to arrive, a marvellous desk and chair were finished and installed in the study.

Remarkable desk and chair
Remarkable desk and chair

The blue slogan reads in translation as ‘Your words are your quality’ (or words to that effect; translation is not this writer’s strong point). The red reads as ‘The way to change is to start with yourself’. The third reads something like, ‘Life is an artwork without an eraser’. And the plain reads something like, ‘Stop hoping for what isn’t certain’. Firm advice from the heart of Java.

And today, the Middle room door and windows’ frame has been installed.

Middle room door and windows frames installed
Middle room’s door and windows’ frame installed.

And the timber for the new bed frames arrived.

Wood for the new bed frames
Wood for the new bed frames.

The timber is very beautiful. Old, recycled.

Beautiful wood for the bed frames.
Beautiful wood for the bed frames.
More beautiful wood.
More beautiful wood.

The glass and frames for the side windows and doors in the Pool and Middle rooms also arrived and have been installed.

Glass in the side windows of the Middle room.
Glass in the side windows of the Middle room.
Glass in the side windows and the door of the Pool room.
Glass in the side windows and the door of the Pool room.

In the meantime, Pak Rojak has been making another chair.

Pak Rojak at work, admired by Liswati, who is the mastermind of design and construction.
Pak Rojak at work, admired by Liswati, who is the mastermind of design and construction.

While all the sawing, hammering and sanding has been underway, we finally framed some photos of theatre people and hung them on the wall of the Inner Terrace. It is the beginning of the Sanggar O Wall of Fame 🙂

Theatre people, Inner Terrace
Theatre people, Inner Terrace.
Bag stand and photos.
Bag stand and photos.

The arrangement is a bit wobbly but so was the hanger, it being New Year’s Day.

Pieces from Viet Nam and Malaysia are on the left.
Pieces from Viet Nam and Malaysia are on the left.
The household gods, a Javanese gang, have been dusted and sprinkled with water.
The household gods, a Javanese gang, have been dusted and sprinkled with water.

More progress the last few days…

AND NOW… All decorated, all done..

INTRODUCING

The Aula room

The Twins room (formerly the Middle room)

(Photos of the Writer’s room and the Pool room coming soon. Currently they’re occupied, which is the subject a forthcoming story)

THE SURROUNDS

The inner and outer terraces

THE GARDEN AND POOL

AROUND THE STAGE

AND SOME TOILETS DEPLOYED AS ART GALLERIES

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