About Lorin Solo Hotel
The History of Statue Story
Lorin Solo Hotel, Solo is built in spacious RUMAH JAWA concept, wide and close to the nature touch. Because according to the philosophy, human are the part of the nature and nature is part of the human also.
As it looks from the street, Lorin Solo Hotel is fenced with low fenced only. This kind of design makes inviting impression to the people who pass through the street just to see and visit if it’s necessary.
Entering the front gate you’ll see two black stone statues, guarding sacredly on the both side of the entering way. DWIPALA (pronounced: dwipolo) is a kind of giant creature which is always guarding the thing that they need to be guarded.
Up through the stairs there’s a relive describes old century, a group of women in ‘Jarit’ (Javanese traditional cloth, worn by women only) walk to the traditional market bringing their harvest (near to the front waterfall).
Tentionally, Lorin Solo Hotel, Solo is built on high land as a part of the design so the guest hotel can be able to see the scenery of Lorin Solo Hotel which is surrounded by rice field. You can take some vehicles or stairs to get to the main lobby, Lorin Solo Hotel’s stairs mean ‘step’. Javanese people believe there’s ‘step’ and ‘grade’ to every kind of life in this world.
Before entering Pendopo Agung (main lobby) there are two statue of DEWI SRI, which is DEWI PADI statue. Why Paddy? Paddy means a lot of things in Javanese Culture. The staple food of Indonesia’s citizen is Paddy, Paddy gives a lot of poverty. DEWI SRI is placed in front of the hotel in order to sprout the aura of poverty for the neighbourhood.
When you arrive to Lorin Solo Hotel and make reserving, you can see a big relives which describes prosperity family in Majapahit age as a background of Reservation Area’s wall. Prosperity is described as a happy family with their children. Children are a symbol of prosperity, the more children you get, and more prosperous you gain. This is Javanese philosophy. Prosperity is shown with shady trees and dense fruit planted.
In front of Sasono Bujono Restaurant and Sasono Jolonidi Restaurant, under the Banyan trees there is a statue head in the garden. That is a symbol of Earth’s Mother (The Earth Guardian). This symbol means that we should keep our earth safely.
On the open stage there are two white rhinoceroses. It describes a caution for the human that these white rhinoceroses are rare animals, it is only few left in Ujung Kulon, Java.
A ‘Tapir’ (rare animal in Sulawesi), is hiding near with ‘that leads you nowhere’ (close with Sasono Kridanggo Health Club). ‘Tapir’ likes hidden places therefore it is hidden on the wall in the bushes.
A Door That Leads You Nowhere
According to the landscape designer, Ben Bensley, life is like a door. Sometime we think that we find ‘a door’ which will guide us to the open road of our solving matter, but sometimes we find nothing, this door describes a door that leads you nowhere, we have to think twice for every kind of thoughts we have. That’s the concept why the door is made.
These three statues are come from Majapahit Age. The original one’s made from 10 cm high of white stone, you can see the real one in Rijk Holland Museum. It’s not stolen, sold, nor bought either but the museum keeps this statue well. It describes a happy family, family consist of Father, Mother and Child. Father is a leader of the family placed in the middle, Mother and the daughter in the right and left side of the Father. Mother symbolises, the women with jewelries and different hairstyle.
The Statue in the children’s pool describes a mother’s love. This statue is lying (taken from the head and the arm part of its body). Accompanying and watching the children play and swim in the pool. You can see a monkey there, accompanying in the pool. This idea came from ‘topeng monyet’, which is liked by the children.
Walk along the tennis field there’s a young happy family statue with a little baby in the mother’s arms, wearing batik truntum (a Javanese women traditional costume).
Frog in Pratolo Bungalow and a turtle are only a sense of humour side of BBB (Bill Bensley)