After facing flak from artists regarding the stainless steel Sprouts installed near AIIMS flyover,the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is treading gingerly. The council has now put up a new art installation in its convention centre near Parliament Street.
Many artists were critical of the AIIMS flyover installation,. They had said that it was not art. To avoid that,the council is trying to gauge what people think of the new art installation,a 13-foot high sculpture.
Last year,NDMC invited expressions of interest from artists interested in public display of their work. The council decided not to pay for the installation and asked artists to fund their artwork themselves or find a sponsor.
The civic agency got just one expression of interest,from Neeraj Gupta,an artist who won the Sahitya Kala Parishad Award in 2004. Gupta built the new installation,now on NDMC premises.
According to Gupta,the white marble sculpture is unique in the country. It goes with the aesthetics of the building in which it has been installed. It is titled Resurgence. More importantly,it reflects how this city has grown in terms of culture,aesthetics and infrastructure. It reflects relentless spiralling energies of a lot of people, Gupta said.
However,the installation is yet to get the approval of the civic agencys Public Art Committee. During Commonwealth Games,NDMC had shortlisted roundabouts in Mandi House,Rajaji Marg and Moti Lal Nehru Marg,Connaught Place and Shanti Path for art installations,in line with the trend abroad.
According to a senior NDMC official,the artwork has to be approved by various agencies before being chosen for installation at roundabouts. That stage will come later,we are looking at views of various agencies on this installation, the official said.