Art Project: Installation
Ashtamangala {Welcoming Icons}
Bangalore International Airport, 2014

Ashtamangala refers to the eight auspicious items that are offered during divination. Innovatively translated into an installation, the Ashtamangala installation within the airport demonstrates how this notion can be transformed into eight sculptures in the Chola sculptural traditional.

The sculptures in the foreground are placed behind a backdrop of a monumental Mysore painting, the most emblematic of painting styles of Karnataka. It is typified by their use of colours in juxtaposition with gold as an embellishment with relief work done in the Gesso style.

The work combines two vital traditional art forms: Mysore Painting – by the team of MS Anand, with Chola style bronzes sculptures of Swamimalai, Tamil Nadu crafted by AS Sambandhamurthy’s workshop.

The installation is a profound metaphor for these eight energetic signatures that point to qualities of enlightened mind-stream.