Museum | Laboratory | arth – art for earth | Public art | Sustainable Development | Climate Change 
Time | Water | River | Rain | Rainforest | Trees | Thought Experiments

“Nature has a million answers. If one submits oneself to the form and the raw energy of the tree, one can see great poetry and lyricism in its intertwining branches and roots. Exciting, sensuous and intoxicating. Even when the tree can no longer bear fruits and leaves, or is cut, bleeds, idles in some corner, to be used or burnt down as wood, it affords an excellent laboratory to the mind. The creative process takes over thereafter, but it is only an ode to nature’s beauty.” – Excerpt, Artist’s Statement: Art for Earth series; 1996 -1997. 

Installations

“Brilliant. Moving.” “A work of power and imagination.” “True originality of thought and treatment.” “A solo biennale.” “Iconic.”

Paintings

“A progressive liberation of light from the object, or perhaps the resolution of the object into light.”

Sculptures

“No other artist uses clay and pottery in public art like Manav Gupta.”

manav gupta. rainforests, within the ventricles of light. triple channel video installation

Triple Channel Video Installations

“Light, for me is — Hope and Colour — the Universe in which it exists.”

Manav Gupta short one minute films on environment consciousness by Manav Gupta

Films

“Long before Climate Change became drawing room conversation, Gupta has been using his art…”

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Murals

“Tree of Life. World record indoor mural with first of its kind four multiple processes involving people participation”

Thought Experiments | Engagements

“The artist takes his ‘art beyond art’ to a new level and paradigm with multiple layers of creative engagement with people, for raising public consciousness through his art “

Performance Art | Concerts

“The prospect of painting a troupe of performing musicians before an audience would have perturbed most people, but Gupta was serene.”

‘arth – art for earth by manav gupta’

‘arth’, (pronounced ‘earth’)

Manav Gupta’s brainchild of more than two decades, draws from the Devanagri script of ‘arth’ meaning ‘wealth’ and ‘meaning’. The artist explores both, in the context of earth and its resources, as our true wealth while on this planet and urges us to ‘stop a while’ and lead a life with environment consciousness. And he does that by weaving pottery as monumental artworks that then form a bedrock of activity, for people to conglomerate and think beyond.

The artist deployed his experience of 360 degree engagement and performance art, to bring it all together in synergy: to create public art and convey the message of sustainability and climate change as a festival and celebration.

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Layer 1

ART.

Design | Scale | Innovation | Site Specific Engagement | Craft to Contemporary.
Local to Global.

In this movement, earthen lamps (“diyas”), local cigars (“chillam”), earthen cups (“kullhar”), become metaphors and idioms of sustainability, context, perception and treatment of the rivers and waters of lands where the artist’s research and experience together form the story of ‘The River’, the ‘rain’, ‘The Beehive Garden’ and more. Finding new ways of repurposing the traditional to avant garde.

Urging people to think about how we live with and use water and Earth’s natural resources.

Layer 2

Call to Action | Schools | Colleges Education

Half an Acre of Rain | IGNCA, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi
The Shrinking River | Museum of Natural History, Pretoria, South Africa

Layer 3

Performances

Poetry & Performance Jugalbandi between Manav Gupta & Padma Bhushan, Uma Sharma at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Poetry Jugalbandi between Lavleen Thadani and Padma Shri Shobna Narrain at Gupta's Waterfront, IGNCA, Ministry of Culture, New Delhi

Layer 4

Panel Discussions.
Dialogues at the Waterfront

Dissemination of Information. Participation. Communities. Forums. Activism.

Layer 5

Inviting all Stakeholders of Society
What they Say

Layer 6

Thought Experiments
Lighting of Lamps

Spirituality, Meditation, Chanting

Layer 7

Taking Art Beyond Art

Embracing Neem and Arjuna Trees. Nourishing their scars. Embracing Nature. Why do drugs? Let’s get drenched in rain. 

Bringing a river into the heart of a city. Embracing Architecture. “Art | the nectar of life.” Save Bees. The Beehive Garden Project.

Turning an age-old unit of worship into a unit of water. Creating fluidity using solid objects. Public art, taking art to the masses.

Prosaic can be luxury. Activism through creation. World Environment Day. Earth Day. Rain. Rainforests. River. Bees. Time. The Bed. Noah’s Ark. Nature. Zen.