Garrick Marchena designs the new D-Bottle.
Drugstore DA in Curaçao will start November 11, 2022, exclusively selling the new D-Bottle flask designed by Garrick Marchena. D-Bottle aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic by introducing reusable bottles. Their first art bottle was created by the local brand Kokolishi.
The new flask is the second design for the D-Bottle art collection. Artist Garrick Marchena incorporated a special message in his creation. The child on the bottle represents everyone who loves Curaçao, whether you were born here or not. The bird in the design is a Partawela (Falki or White-tailed Buzzard) and represents the island’s beautiful nature, and if you scan the QR code on the bottle, you will hear the poem Hemayel Martina (1990 – 2011). “The poem states that no matter what your origin is, we are all human beings and share a love for the island,” Garrick declares.
Yvette Bakker-Kloos of D-Bottle further explains, “We explicitly opt for local art on our bottle because art connects people and strengthens our identity. We bring art to the attention of the residents, and the bottle is also a nice souvenir of Curaçao. Tourists who buy the bottle take home a small artwork from Curaçao. We also support the art sector”.
The sale of the bottles starts on Friday, November 11, at DA Saliña from 19:00 to 21:00. The bottle is on sale for f 52.50, and during this particular evening, Garrick will sign your bottle. You can sign up for this exclusive evening via DA’s Facebook page. Everyone is welcome, provided that you are signed up.
Proceeds to Curacao Art
Part of the proceeds of the bottle will be donated to Curaçao Art, a local foundation. The goal of Curaçao Art is to make local art more accessible and visible, locally and internationally. They do this with the website www.curacao-art.com and social media on which they publish information about works of art, artists, art exhibitions, art news, and articles about art. The website is maintained by sponsors and donations and celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.
Visual artist Garrick Marchena
Garrick Marchena is known and loved for his large murals in public spaces such as streets and squares. Garrick often receives commissions from individuals and companies, but he regularly makes murals on his initiative as a gift to the community. For example, he created a mural of a bird at an illegal garbage dump in Boca Sami. By putting something tender and beautiful there, he wanted to stop the situation. His action resulted in no more garbage being dumped, and the site was cleaned up. Garrick’s preferred subjects are portraits of children or animals, especially birds. In 2020, together with Morgaine Parris and a group of high school students, Garrick created the mural opposite The Movies Otrobanda, commissioned by Curaçao International Film Festival Rotterdam (CIFFR). Garrick Marchena has his profile page on the Curaçao Art website, which includes photos of his murals. Manon Hoefman took these photos.
The D-Bottle mission
D-Bottle’s mission is to reuse & reduce, and with this, they want to help make Curaçao sustainable. D-Bottle started with an insulated refillable bottle. Then they started setting up tap points in the city for this bottle. The Water Refill Program Curaçao was created from this initiative, run by the D-Tap Foundation. The D-Tap Foundation uses the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations as a compass. Together with 12 affiliated island partners, they aim to make the island more sustainable. See www.d-bottle.comfor more information).
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