Fetty said the bas-reliefs will be exhibited in the main gallery, where they will be an attraction in their own right. As a work of art, they will be accorded a heritage site along with the rest of Sarinah.
The Jakarta Cultural Heritage Team has filed Sarinah as a cultural heritage site to the government in 2016.
Soekarno opened Sarinah in August 1966 as a department store to boost Indonesian manufacturing. Named after his childhood nanny, the showcased batik and other traditional goods from Indonesia’s Small and Medium Enterprises [SME’s].
Sarinah’s renovation is estimated to cost the government Rp.500 billion [$33.5 million], Rp. 200 billion [$13.4 million] was already covered in the 2020 state budget. The shopping center is expected to be reopened on National Heroes Day on November 10, 2021.
(Writer: Ihsanuddin | Editors: Rindi Nuris Velarosdela, Sandro Gatra)
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