22-year-old Leeroy New has stirred up a bit of buzz in Manila on account of his provocative public sculptures which play a stark contrast to our visually conservative city. We got a chance to chat with the budding sculptor shortly after he finished his latest assignment, “Winged Victory”, a Boccioni-esque piece (pictured above) for Nike on view in front of their Manila store.

So how is life as a full-time artist in Manila?

Being a full-time sculptor, or an artist in general for that matter, is next to impossible in the Philippines especially if you're just starting out. As a sculptor, you work with relatively more expensive materials. I prefer working in large scale, plus I'm fascinated with using industrial materials. You already see how problematic this can be [here].

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