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Valletta 2018 unveils public art installations

Collection depicts Maltese proverbs

One of the public art installations depicting Maltese proverbs was unveiled earlier today. Photo: DOI - Omar Camilleri

One of the public art installations depicting Maltese proverbs was unveiled earlier today. Photo: DOI - Omar Camilleri

Kif Jgħid il-Malti, a project presented by Valletta 2018, celebrates the beauty and creativity of the Maltese language by adapting 13 Maltese proverbs known as qwiel in public art installations around Valletta.

The temporary installations were unveiled by Valletta 2018 Foundation Chairman Jason Micallef, Parliamentary Secretary for Consumer Protection and Valletta 2018 Deo Debattista and artist Joel Saliba.

As an artistic concept, Kif Jghid Il-Malti engages with these proverbs with the aim of bringing to the public’s attention Malta’s linguistic heritage. This project also reflects on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, presenting the Maltese language as living patrimony - a link between the past and the future in the form of cultural heritage. The artist Joel Saliba, who created these installations with designs, said these are intended to be thought provoking and to reflect on the language.

This project, supported by the Valletta 2018 Foundation, is the creative work of Ikona Artworks Ltd. 

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