Tina Ambani opens sculpture show


Mumbai : Tina Ambani, founder of Harmony Art Foundation, Monday unveiled sculptures of over 30 artists from across the globe.

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The foundation had held a month-long residential camp for sculptors at its 143-acre campus of Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City (DAKC) here.

Speaking on the occasion, Tina Ambani told IANS, “Our shows have given countless young artists a platform to translate their innermost energies into a force that radiates outwards.”

Although this programme has not yet caught the eyes of Indian museums, it has triggered interests of museums abroad. A seven-member delegation from the well-known Peabody Essex Museum in Boston was present at the occasion.

Richard Carson, chairman of the museum, said: “Art is a beauty and if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you forever.”

Japan artist Misunori Koike said: “I sense what the stone is trying to tell me, which helps me to carve it better.”

Another artist, Ken Gangbar from Canada, said: “Perception of an art can differ from person to person and the amazing part is there are no wrong answers.”

Artists have used various theories of physics in their sculptures. One artist, Prithpal Ladi from India, has used the theory of magnetism in his sculpture.

Ladi said: “I wanted to defy human logic.”

Udaya Vir Singh, also from India, has carved unshelled peanuts in a pod form and huge peanuts made out of teakwood.

Singh calls his sculpture “Nuts”. He has tried to bring upon a visual pun by enlarging the actual shape and size of nuts to an unreal monumental scale.

Most of the sculptures have been made from black marble, red sandstone, wood and steel.