The new houses of art

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SummaryArt has usually been confined to galleries, but now it is making its way to high-traffic areas so that more people can enjoy it in a less intimidating manner

Great India Place mall in Noida, DLF Promenade mall in Vasant Kunj, among others. Later, more venues, such as the Indira Gandhi International Airport and Central Secretariat Metro station, among others, will be added to the list. Talking about the choice of venues, Modi says, “The premise was to look at high footfall areas that could be secured and where the venues understood and supported our vision. A mix of government, private, non-art and cultural venues were chosen to bring in new viewers, but also keeping the seasoned art enthusiasts in the loop. We hoped that people who frequent these locations would become opinion leaders for a strata below them.”

Publica has roped in many Indian and international artists such as the London-based Jeremy Hutchison, identical twins Lydia and Phoebe Lake, popularly known as The Lake Twins, Israel-born Achia Anzi, and Indian artists such as Sandip Pisalkar, Mangesh Rajguru, S Thiru and Vikrant Sharma, among others. Interestingly, there is a common thread running through all the artworks. They have been created in a way to make them “environmentally focused, socially interactive and community driven”.

Asan, a double-headed scooter sculpture by Mangesh Rajguru at the Sabyasachi@Carma store in Mehrauli, depicts the side-effects of technological developments. Rajguru has welded two scooters to give it the form of a chair. “The seven silencers of the scooter are depicted in the form of the sheshanaga, considered to be lord Vishnu’s aasana,” says Rajguru. “Vehicles of transport today have become an integral part of our lives,” he says, adding, “However, these vehicles are massive contributors to air pollution, which we need to control. I have used the scooter as a vehicle and have given it the form of a chair, which speaks the position of power, authority and politics. We enjoy power, authority and convenience over hard work, but we must not forget the side effects brought by these technological developments.”

Sandip Pisalkar’s Human Enemy Killer (HEK), on display at the MGF Metropolitan mall in Gurgaon, uses a canon, which was used to kill enemies, as an object to kill mosquitoes. “My personal experience

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