Lumbung Ilmu (Granary of Knowledge)

by Rosid (Indonesia)
Traditional Indonesian wooden lumbung and artefacts

A lumbung is a small wooden hut used by farmers in Indonesia to store harvested rice and protect it from the elements and pests. Self-taught artist Rosid converted a lumbung into a multi-functional space which acts as a library, prayer room and gathering point for the community in Bandung which it now serves. The exterior of this lumbung is decorated with farming implements, which, together with the structure, are a tribute to the artist's lineage as an anak petani (a son of farmers). Rosid intended Lumbung Ilmu to be his personal sanctuary, but it has become a repository of personal and cultural values and traditions which are fast vanishing today, and a material manifestation of his desire to share these values and his love for learning with the wider community.

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