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arth – art for earth

Public art | Sustainable Development | Climate Change

Time | Water | River | Rain | Rainforest | Trees
Thought Experiments

environment consciousness - innovations

"I am simply walking the path of infinity with a life dedicated to art. If my humble drop in the ocean can help bring about the change in thinking that is so needed in today’s crass, commercialized, mechanized existence, if it can add a dab of spiritual context to the world as it takes art and culture as a vehicle of change across boundaries, it makes my artistic process that much more fulfilling." -Manav Gupta

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taking art beyond art

THOUGHT EXPERIMENTS CONCEPTUALISED & EXECUTED:

GAME CHANGING PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

"To his credit, Manav has six most iconic and revolutionary art projects in India this decade."

TIMES OF INDIA | Artist creates India's first public art museum on water and sustainable development | Jun 7, 2019

arth - art for earth | 2018

IGNCA, Ministry of Culture, 11 Mansingh Road, New Delhi 110001

A pioneering innovation of transforming rural craft of quintessentially Indian clay pottery into a cutting edge global language of contemporary art as environmental art installations over 23 acres of Lutyen’s Delhi.

 

Avant garde vision translated as ‘rain’ embracing trees and the ‘Ganga waterfront’ embracing the ‘matighar’ architecture to nurture them as a metaphorical message of
‘our city needs the river, we need our trees.’ Revisiting India’s ‘Chipko’ Movement.

 

Dialogues at the waterfront. Conceptualised Curated and Choreographed by the artist.
A unique call to all stakeholders of society in the city for a discourse to find transforming solutions for sustainable living.

 

rain – 25ft high. Half an Acre Dense

Ode to Matighar – Ganga Waterfront – 45ftx 30ft x 60ft, Rain, Rainforest & the Beehive Garden – punctuating in half an acre of ‘rainforest’, the bed of life – 10ft x 10ft x 5ft, Time Machines – the sound of AUM – 10ft x 3ft x 3ft

Sculpture Garden - a prototype | 2017 - 2018

Amrita Shergill Marg, New Delhi, India

World Premiere:
One Acre of a Sculpture Garden prototype. Created at the artist’s studio at a collector’s house. 

Rain: 25ft x 50ft x 15ft, Waterfront 15ft x 30ft x 15ft, Connecting Rivers of the World, the bed 10ft x 10ft x 15ft, Time Machine 6.5ft x 4ft x 4ft, The Beehive Garden Single Edition Beehives 1ft x 1ft x 6in

Excavated Museum in a Mall | 2017

The Yamuna Project

Mega outreach on DLF Mall of India’s invitation:

The Beehive Garden Project: 6ft x 10ft x 5ft River Waterfront (The Yamuna Project): 15ft x 20ft x 30ft, Time Machine: 10ft x 5ft x 5ft, Noah’s Ark: 8ft x 4ft x 4ft | Water Spill: Site Specific, Meet me by the Riverside, the bed of love: 10ft x 6ft x 6ft

Manav Gupta Public Art Installations Excavations in hymns of clay waterfront India Habitat Centre

Rain the Ganga Waterfront along Time Machine | 2015

The Ganga Waterfront
along Time Machine
India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

Engagement with space and architecture

 

Bringing a river into the heart of a city​

45ft x 60ft x 45ft: Site Specific Art Installation.

Unsung Hymns of Clay | 2013

South Africa
unsung hymns of clay | the shrinking river | rainforests and the circle of life

Hosted by National Museum Pretoria,
Indian High Commission
&
Incredible India.

Exhibition extended to Cape Town, Grahams Town by Lovell Gallery.

 

Extended as BRICS Summit outreach
Lectures at UNISA & Pretoria University.

7 ft x 9 ft: “the Shrinking River”
2ft x 2ft x 2ft: “Zen” – Sculpture
10ft x 30ft x 10ft: Site Specific Art Installation

Tree of Life mural | 2010

Dimensions: 11,500 Sq Ft: Total Painted Surface Area
5,000 Sq Ft: Glass Facade

 

Largest Indoor Staircase Mural

 

FOUR DIFFERENT MULTIPLE PROCESSES OF CONCEPTUAL, SITE SPECIFIC, COLLABORATIVE AND PERFORMANCE ART IN THE CREATION METHODOLOGY.

 

Painting LIVE for three months in front of 3500 employees, involving thousands of people to put strokes and idioms in the first phase and then weaving it all in the next phase to create a multi layered 3D-2D composition.

 

PERMANENT COLLECTION, Airtel Campus, New Delhi NCR, India. Site given Museum status by Limca Book of Records

Education Outreach

Lectures, Talks

Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai, India | June 30th, 2016

Artist led student's
site-visits

Half an acre of 'rain' studied by students during the artist's curatorial walk

Public Outreach

All Stake holders of Society
Public Art, Outreach Porgrammes, Movement, Engagement.

Engagement with Masses

Dialogues at the Waterfront

Panel Discussions

Award winning artist performing live at Gupta's installations

Inter-disciplinary programmes

A tribute to spiritual ensembles
Lighting of Lamps, Power of Thought Experiments

Lighting of the Lamps

IDEAS AHEAD OF TIME. INCLUSIVE. IMMERSIVE.

"Nature has a million answers. Even as I observe tree trunks, roots, branches, idling in some corner, to be burnt down as wood, it affords an excellent laboratory to the mind. It is exciting, sensuous and intoxicating. If one submits oneself to the form and the raw energy of the tree even when it can no longer bear fruit and leaves, one can see great poetry and lyricism in its intertwining branches and roots. The functional sculptures and paintings are a result of this experiment. The process takes over thereafter, but it is just an ode to nature's beauty." - Manav Gupta

Excerpt from Wikiquote

- Rainforests and the Timeless Metaphors of Dreams by Manav Gupta (August 1997)
- "on my eyot, umbilical cords of earth" by Manav Gupta (May 1999)
- One minute films on environment consciousness (Commissioned by the Govt. of India) (2005)

Public Service Messages | Films on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Environment Consciousness

Filmography

All Stake holders of Society invited in the artist's movement

Plant a Sapling on my Canvas

Video Installations | Immersive Exhibitions

manav gupta. rainforests, within the ventricles of light. triple channel video installation
Tripple and Dual Channel Video Installations

Work with Dr Kalam

Haiku Poems, Artists Statement, Quotes on Nature, Light and Hope
Pioneering Jugalbandi's and Performance Art in India

Performance Art - 'Jugalbandi'

Embracing Trees and Architecture, Chipko Movement, Environement Consciousness, Climate Change, Sustainable Development

Nature as a Laboratory

Rainforests & River - Paintings & Books - Climate Change - Copenhagen Wall of Hope, Kyoto Protocol

Haiku Poems, Artists Statement, Quotes on Nature, Light and Hope

Infusing environment consciousness in corporate spaces. Workshops.

Workshops