The Tribune correspondent Neha Saini and photojournalist Sunil Kumar take you through an aesthetic journey by capturing art works that add to the visual beauty of the holy city. Here’s a sneak peek into the abstract world of creativity...
Janamsakhi of Tera Tera
The art on life of Guru Nanak Dev has been displayed at the Vice-Chancellor’s office at GNDU. It’s 12 ft in height and based on ‘Janamsakhi of Tera Tera’, which is designed by city-based artist Sumeet Dua, and conceptualised in collaboration with Arvinder Chamak. It has been made in ‘Nanakshahi’ brick structure, with graphic representation of Tera (13) and jute bags of various grains displayed with a ‘takadi’ (scale). It was installed during Art Festival, which was organised on the eve of the 550th Parkash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev at Dera Baba Nanak.
One of the striking art works at the Partition Museum, is a gigantic saw jutting out from a brick wall, showcasing India-Pakistan Partition in 1947. The art installation is among many other aesthetic reminders of one of the biggest mass migrations in the world history.
A saga of love
The famous Punjabi folklore of Sohni Mahiwal has been depicted beautifully by eminent artist OP Verma at Art Gallery in Amritsar. In a relief work, figures project from a supporting background. Titled Sohni Mahiwal, the art work was inaugurated in 2014, and since has been attracting art students.
Women as foundation stone
To commemorate the International Women’s Day in 2020, a brick art was created by several city-based artists in collaboration with the FICCI FLO on a roundabout near the airport. The brick art done in a ‘Nanakshahi’ style depicts women as a foundation stone of society. A champa tree planted in the middle is a metaphor for women.
The 500 kg and 13-foot tall sculpture greets passangers at Sri Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport’s entrance. It is designed by artist Sumeet Dua. The sculpture ‘Ball of Joy’ has two abstract human figures. It was set up in 2019 and was conceptualised to convey the message of universality and global travelling.
Right to Education
The pencil and book art is installed on one of the busiest routes in the city and is dedicated to the Right to Education Act. Installed in 2016, when the city was undergoing massive aesthetic makeover, this structure was donated by a city-based private education centre to the district administration.
In memory of martyrs
Considered as one of the oldest art installation in the city, this concrete structure was made by architect Mohinderjit Singh at Rose Avenue Park in 1995. It was designed on a pattern similar to a memorial inside Jallianwala Bagh.
Tributes to freedom fighters
A 16-ft high memorial of marble sculpted by Anoop Barlaria and Shashank Jain has sketches of freedom fighters etched on it. The 'White flame' has names of all Jallianwala Bagh martyrs embedded on it. It was inaugurated by former deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal, when he dedicated Heritage Street to public in 2016.
Message of sustainability
Colourful striking mural made out of acrylic and ceramic waste by Smiley Chaudhary was installed at the Police Lines on the International Earth Day this year. Giving a message of sustainability, this site will be turned into a mini-forest by the FICCI FLO.
The red-brick structure at the Partition Museum is a ‘Nanakshahi’ style of architecture, which depicts broken bonds of humanity during the 1947 Partition.
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