‘Look up’ for a display of Mumbai’s heritage buildings

The novel installation ‘Look Up Mumbai’ has been curated by artistes Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw, Berndt Lintermann and Honk Kong-based photographer John Choy.

Written by Nupur Karam | Mumbai | Published: February 4, 2016 1:18 am

A full dome displaying photographs of heritage buildings across the city was officially inaugurated at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (CSMVS) by Governor C V Rao on Wednesday.

The novel installation ‘Look Up Mumbai’ has been curated by artistes Sarah Kenderdine, Jeffrey Shaw, Berndt Lintermann and Honk Kong-based photographer John Choy.

The dome has been set up in an unique manner. Visitors will have to recline on custom-made couches and look up at the dome. On the dome, pictures of ceilings of nearly 65 iconic heritage buildings will be projected. The Gateway of India, Asiatic Library, Terminal 2, Bhau Daji Lad Museum, CST, Siddivinayak Temple and CSMVS are among the buildings photographed.

Talking about this concept, Sarah Kenderdine said, “Choy and I worked together, photographing the city which is stunningly diverse. The museum actually became an inspiration for this initiative. Mumbai is the best city to do something like this.” Kenderdine added that the dome was extremely portable and they would be willing to show the pictures of Mumbai across the world, if approached by people. Apart from the pictures from Mumbai, the dome also has pictures from across the world.

“These beautiful buildings are hidden all over the city and we have tried to make them into a coherent experience, apart from depicting individual splendour”, said Jeffrey Shaw. Saying that they did something similar in Kyoto, Shaw said that he was amazed by the enthusiasm of those visiting the museum.

The installation, which was thrown open to the public on January 28, will be open for public viewing till February 28. Praising this initiative, Governor Rao said, “The installation makes us feel proud of Mumbai. The city’s architectural heritage is unparalleled.”

While inviting curators to photograph the Raj Bhavan, the Governor also said that he would consult the CM to make this installation a permanent fixture.

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