Rain, Rainforest & the Beehive Garden.

“Rain, spread across half an acre of embracing Neem and Arjuna trees. Gupta succeeds in creating a poetic depiction of rain. The viewer can feel the flow of drops. The pitter-patter is tapped in a drenching fall in the remarkable use of one element to depict another.”

“Transforming the familiar into something completely unconventional, unexpected, and magical.”

-Sculpture Magazine

About

Rain, his work comprising chilum -the traditional smoking pipe of clay associated with intoxication – strung meticulously into thin wires, succeeds in creating a poetic depiction of rain. The viewer can feel the flow of drops. The pitter-patter is tapped in a drenching fall in the remarkable use of one element to depict another. Clay for water. Diyas arranged most cleverly on wires define the sense of play in his own understanding of rain and its geometry. “Each strand is important. Each string is important,” he adds.

He catches the flow in broken geometry. He arrives, very close in his work, at the inner texture of the falling rain. It is understood and experienced best when one walks through the strings of clay chilum falling from tree branches. It is while standing between the falling wires studded with the chilum when Gupta’s fine handling of the most simple activity in nature and season, that of rain, arises distinctly. The effect is similar to what a viewer would experience when he sees an object kept between parallel mirrors. This, in particular, is more intoxicating than any intoxication associated with the chilum itself. “I tell my viewers – get drenched in the rain of chilum,” he says.

-Excerpt: ‘Down To Arth: How Manav Gupta Uses Meaningful Artwork In Terracotta To Bring Clay Back To Nature’ | Swarajya | Sep 9, 2018 | Sumati Maheshwari

It is fascinating how his work grows and develops for months after he has put up the installations – out in the open. “Trees are my laboratory”, he says. Gupta has used fallen trees for sculptures in the past. In the current display, the falling of rain in Rain from tree branches has a symbolic significance. Rain needs trees, and trees rain. Rain invites life. Worms, insects, birds, creepers, climbers, and seedlings, live and play on and around this installation. Around Bee Hive – another installation. Around the Bed of Life, yet another installation that symbolises the concept of bed as bedrock of love, life, death. Around Ganga – the Waterfront, which symbolises the scared river, and the flowing of time. And then, there is Noah’s Ark, the intriguing piece in the thought chain and cycle. 

-Excerpt: ‘Down To Arth: How Manav Gupta Uses Meaningful Artwork In Terracotta To Bring Clay Back To Nature’ | Swarajya | Sep 9, 2018 | Sumati Maheshwari

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

– Swarajya | September, 2018

About
DESIGNFORM | Making

Scale. Depth. Strength. Durability. Juxtaposition. View. Positioning. Site-Specific.

Thirty feet high. Half an acre dense.

Rain. Embracing Neem and Arjuna Trees.

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“Brilliant. Moving.”

-Prof B. N. Goswamy
Art Critic, Scholar, Historian.

“Iconic.”

-Uma Nair
Art Critic and Curator, Researcher

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“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 | Sculpture Magazine

Dialogues at the Waterfront

The artist’s 25 year old process of engaging with all stakeholders of society to have meaningful conversations through engagement with his art that brings awareness about climate change, environment consciousness and sustainable development.

Public Art | Engagement

People

Education | Schools

Outreach Programmes | Thought Experiments

"Why do drugs?
Let's get drenched in rain"

What the Say, Engagement with People:

“Vision and passion of Manav ji is beyond imagination. Bringing Nature and the creation of a common man ‘Kumhaar’ who shapes the sand to Diyas and uses chillam to depict another element, it is truly an exclusive presentation with the theme of Nature that I have never seen before. This needs to be showcased, his talent to every corner of the World.”

Dr Mahesh Sharma | Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Culture, Government of India

Provenance: 2017-2018 |Private Prototype Museum, Amrita Shergill Marg
Provenance: 2018Inauguration of ‘arth - art for earth by manav gupta’Hosted by the Ministry of Culture & IGNCA, Govt of India

“Excavations in Hymns of Clay is spiritually invigorating, culturally rejuvenating & mentally elevating. Its a brilliant exhibition by our outstanding artist of immense creativity! The exhibition brings alive India’s civilization. My congratulations to Manav.  Its been a wonderful experience viewing the exhibition.”

Amitabh Kant | CEO, Niti Ayog (Planning Commission) Government of India

“What a privilege to see the installations- which have the effect of stirring the imagination for leaving you feel so peaceful.”

Sir Dominic Anthony Gerard Asquith | British High Commissioner to India

“What a spectacular monsoon of talent! Manav, congratulations for an intoxicating display.”

Max Rodenbeck | South Asia Bureau Chief, The Economist

"Well done Manav! Beautifully executed, amazing installations. Wishing you great success."

Hari and Kavita Bhartia

“We have just fallen in love with the clay rain!! It is peaceful and meaningful. It holds the tradition of India and at the same time it is full of creativity. A modern piece of art in the land of heritage so rich… It couldn’t be more awesome. Congratulations dear Manav! Warmest Regards.”

H.E. Jose Ramón Barañano Fernández | Spanish High Commissioner to India

“Manav, Thank you for such a warm welcome to your home and studio. Your creativity and talent is inspiring and we are truly impressed by your vision and expansive depth of presence. We look forward to exploring collaboration in or with Canada. All the best and warmest wishes for your ongoing success!.”

H.E. Mr Nader Patel | Canadian High Commissioner to India

Manav ji is one of the most innovative and creative artist's of the world. Our country is proud to have such ambassadors like him.

Dr Ashok K Chauhan, Dr (Mrs) Amita Chauhan, Dr Atul K Chauhan & Dr (Mrs) Puja Chauhan, Dr Aseem Chauhan and Mrs Divya Chauhan

Dr Pheroza Godrej

Adwaita Gadanayak, Director General National Gallery of Modern Art, India

Arun Goel, Member Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Dr Sachidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, Mr Raghavendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt of India

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2018

arth - art for earth by Manav Gupta | IGNCA, New Delhi | Ministry of Culture, Govt of India

2017-2018

Rain | Private Prototype Museum, Amrita Shergill Marg, New Delhi

2012

Etymology | The Making of Rain | Artist's Studio Laboratory