By: Chiye Oshima
The Asia Magazine, June 4, 1972, pp 14-15 (cover story)
(edited due to repetitions of thoughts in other articles)
Eduardo Castrillo is building the largest sculptures in the world. It will take him –along with 20 assistants constantly hammering, brazing and cutting great sheets of brass –four years to finish the job. The complete set-piece will be called the Last Supper and will be sited in a Manila memorial park. It will be a fitting achievement for Castrillo who says, “Somehow I feel I am a tool of Someone Up There. If I’m going to be a tool, I want to be the sharpest chisel that will cut the most adamant stone.”
….since then he has garnered most of the art awards offered in his own country and he is now ready to step into the international art arena. At home, a show of his sculptured jewellery–bulky but amazingly lightweight–last autumn, excited Manila art and social circles; abroad, next October, he will have two simultaneous shows in Washington D.C. and Palm Beach, Florida. Currently he is planning a monumental group of sculptures, eight storeys high and the length of two basketball courts, depicting the Christianization of the Philippines.
….Despite a frenetic schedule, Castrillo sets aside two afternoons a week to teach what he knows at the University of the Philippines…Awards do not impress him. “Like candy for a child, it makes you happy for five minutes. Anyway, I don’t think that as a person I am that important. I’m only one life.”