When stones come alive after sculptors have literally gone at them hammer and tongs, the emotions of the artists as well as their convictions speak out to the viewers. So it was at the two-week (February 1 to 15) sculpture workshop and symposium ‘Invocation Rock Seed’, organised by the Chandigarh Lalit Kala Akademi (CLKA) that concludes on Monday in the lawns of the Government Museum.
At the beginning there were just huge blocks of Bhainslana black marble, brought all the way from a Rajasthan village, that rested in silence in the compound and a day later there was marble dust flying all over the place. Towards the close of the workshop, each stone has come alive to tell its own story with a difference.
Carving stone predates civilisation yet each age leaves its own special mark. Concern for environment and nature was a strand running through several works at the workshop that included eight well-known sculptors from different parts of the country.
Working in the modern conceptual way, all of them made their works tell their own distinct story. Robin David from Bhopal removed stone from the rectangular block to create a window wide open to sunshine, rain or storm and called it ‘A Window to the Sky’.
D Rajshekran Nair from Bhopal cut the stone into several smaller blocks that fit into one another to draw attention to the concrete jungle that surrounds human existence today.
MP Singh from Varanasi broke the block of stone into two carved halves and then
held them together by a pillar suggesting devastation and rejuvenation. Vipul Kumar from Jaipur created a ‘Breathing Wall’ by carving hollows in the marble to allow communion with nature and the other.
Bheem Malhotra, chairman, CLKA, said the sculptures would be placed at different places in the city. It is a good idea to spread them to avoid a clutter for even stone needs breathing space.