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City sculptor experiments with basics

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2011 23:40 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
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A world famous sculptor from DLF City has come up with a cost-effective method of carving his imagination on fibre glass and applying metal paint.

"The technique reduces the cost of the statues and makes it easy to transport, while retaining the metallic look," says Naresh Kumar Kumawat, who has displayed some of his creations during an exhibition at Epicentre.

"While a two-feet-long metal statue cost between

Rs 1-2 lakh, a similar statue made of fibre with metal coating can be bought for Rs 25,000 to Rs 35,000," he said demonstrating one of his magnum opuses, The Sun.

"The Sun, made of fibre glass, shows how important the five elements - earth, fire, water, air and sunlight - are for human life," he said. It has a human face at the centre of a circle surrounded by these five elements, described in Hindu religious texts as the basics of human life.

The art piece, with its surface decorated with rich texture of bright colours like yellow, orange, green and brown, suddenly catches the eyeballs of the viewers coming to the Amrapali exhibition.

"I am not into modern or contemporary art," says Kumawat, who wants to make realistic and sacred statues of gods and goddesses.

Because of his upbringing in Pilani, Kumar's sculptures mainly depict the life of rural women, their hardships and survival techniques. Yet, the colours are soft with a matt finish.