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Assist: Our Place World Heritage Bali mission

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By the end of 2014, ProjectKalpa was assigned by the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia to assist Geoff Steven, a renowned photographer and Director of Our Place World Heritage, to do series of photograph on the Cultural Landscape of Bali Province (CLBP). The project aimed to capture the essential values of Tri Hita Karana, represented by Subak. The focus was to highlight the water management system in Bali, which has existed since the 11th century. ProjectKalpa collaborated with stakeholders of CLBP prior to the project in order to assure the success of the work. We designed itinerary that suits the main theme and provided assistance to Geoff. There were six sites and one religious ceremony that we managed to capture during the visit.

The project itself started from Jatiluwih, a farming village located at the slope of Mount Batukaru, which is famous for its landscape beauty formed by rice terraces. In this subak, the team managed to capture mapag toya ceremony. This ceremony symbolizes the relationship between humans and the spiritual worlds. It involves subak members and a priest along with their prayers and beautifully arranged offerings in order to ask for continuity of water for their rice fields. The team also explored Royal Water Temple Taman Ayun and Pakerisan Watershed to capture the role of royal family and ancient irrigation system in the implementation of Tri Hita Karana. The project ended in Supreme Water Temple Pura Ulun Danu Batur where we obtained information regarding spiritual purposes of the temple in the subak system.

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