Artist recreates exiled dictator’s treasure trove in 3D—but what happened to the originals?
Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos smuggled millions in ill-gotten jewels, art and gold into Hawaii when they fled the Phillipines in 1986
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A stash of jewellery smuggled out of the Philippines by Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos has reappeared in Hawaii—at least in 3D printed form—as part of a project for the Honolulu Biennial (until 5 May).
The London-based husband-and-wife team Pio Abad and Frances Wadsworth Jones have drawn attention to the fate of what has become known as the Hawaii Collection, a hoard of jewels the dictator and his wife brought with them, wrapped in disposable diapers, when they fled into exile following the 1986 People Power Revolution. The gems were seized by US customs when the Marcos family landed in Honolulu and were later returned to Manila, where they were kept in a bank vault. (The Marcoss art collection, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrant, remains mostly missing.)
In 2016, the Philippines government announced it would auction the Hawaii jewels and two other collections, valued at a combined $21m, to recover some of the billions of dollars of ill-gotten wealth amassed by the Marcos clan while they were in power. But Imelda, now aged 89 and back in politics, has fought for their return. Despite the countrys Supreme Court ruling that the jewellery was illegally acquired, no move has been made to sell the jewels since President Rodrigo Duterte—an avowed admirer of the draconian Marcos regime—came to power.
Marcoss necklace—recreated in 3D—cost the equivalent of 52,631 school textbooks
“We dont know what has happened to them,” Abad says of the collection, adding that the ghostly replicas he and Wadsworth Jones have Read More – Source