Young artists: Bottom (L-R): Mansi Mehta, Mithuna Murugesh; Top row (L-R): Khyati Sheth, Hana Mehta, Aangi Shah, Nikita Khatwani
These students have put the city in the frame for a Visual Arts installation. From Sealink to local trains to street vendors, all find space in this moving mosaic.
For most of January, Mithuna Murugesh, Mansi Mehta and Khyati Sheth, students of NMIMS's Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, would reach home covered with a fine layer of sawdust or discovering "a new bruise" every other day. It's all worth it, they say, standing in a classroom containing pieces that will make up the installation Iridescence – their submission to the festival this year.
Iridescence is essentially 16 wooden frames, fused to form a canopy of 800 photos of Mumbai. There are shots of the Sealink, close-ups of local train handles, taxi licence plates, tourist spots, street vendors and local produce. Each frame has tiles that can be moved up, down or sideways to create a moving mosaic of the city. Iridescence will stand near the Copper Chimney restaurant and its one of the college's six submissions to KGAF.
Understandably, the students are thrilled. "We're so excited because we've been told that the festival sees at least 4,000 visitors per hour," says Murugesh. "We hope to be there every day after classes to watch people interact with the installation, and outline our concept to them," says Sheth.
The installation is being created at a fifth-floor Juhu workshop with a bird's-eye view of the aerodrome. "You can see the beach," Sheth says. But her eyes are fixed on the two carpenters sawing at the deodar planks for the installation. "We carried these planks up five floors," she adds. "They did not fit in the lift."
Friends Hana Mehta, Aangi Shah and Nikita Khatwani are helping out too. "We're here from 8am to 8pm. Our moms are really worried about whether we are eating properly," Sheth says.
- Mignonne Dsouza