The Menteng Park has a long history—from the Viosveld sport ground in 1921, to become the Menteng Stadium in the sixties, into the soccer club headquarter that has been the city’s source of pride: Persija. Years passed. The glory faded and the history became frozen in time. In the early 2000s, many stalls and roadside vendors made the site their base, providing the reason for the local government to get rid of the blemishes, to ensure the site’s congruence with the encroaching commercialization in the Menteng area. In 2006, the Menteng stadium was torn down to make way for the Menteng Park. The public strongly opposed this illegal move, but still the project went on, and now the Menteng Park is still in place, visited by people who are hungry for more green open spaces. How many of them, however, remember, know, or will know that the park was once a sport stadium? Cecil Mariani brings back the memory. She sought documentations from the Tempo magazine, obtained three photos by Ilham Soenharjo, compared the site plan of the Menteng Stadium with that of the Menteng Park to compare visitors’ points of view on the pictures. The photos have been produced in transparent colors, providing us with the picture of the past and present at the same time. The park that we are now seeing is a remnant of the stadium, along with the memories recorded in the picture. Cecil shares the memory and brings back the past history into the context of the present spatial reality.
Cecil Mariani was born in Jakarta, 1978. She graduated from the Department of Visual Communication Design, Pelita Harapan University, Jakarta. She received an award from the Output magazine of the German Design Council in 2000 and 2001, and was the Outstanding Winner for Miscellaneous Category from 10th Design Competition, How Design Magazine, USA, 2002. Some of her works have been published in The Big Book of Logos 5 (David E. Carter; Watson Guptil Publication, USA, 2007). In 2006, she served as the co-curator of the mata|hari exhibition, an exhibition of works by design students of the Pelita Harapan University. In the last few years, she has been involved in collaborative work for visual design for the performing art in Jakarta and Singapore. Aside from teaching at her almamater, she also works as a freelance graphic designer and lately she has been designing for Komunitas Salihara.