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Sculpture from a Land of Ants and Bees, an installation of 8 linked sculptural elements

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Burton


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This exhibition held at the British Council Carbargh, New Delhi, March/April 2006 was the product of a period of reasearch focussing on a particular landscape in New Delhi. This area, between the built up conurbation and the wilderness that surrounds the city, currently scrub desert, is being rapidly developed and built over as the city grows. The exhibition of installed sculptures was developed in collaboration with local artisans based in the area around New Delhi who work in low-tech craft and brick-making micro-industries. The research aimed to contribute to a range of discourses, and explores the relationship between fine art and craft and the sustainability of hand building against a background where these processes are being eclipsed by mass production. Visually, the projects interrogate a specific and localised landscape and involve the documentation and interpretation of a range of objects found within this landscape. By generating a series of unexpected iterations between original forms and their sculptural equivalents - which are simultaneously analogous to natural and manmade forms – and working across a range of physical scales, processes, material approaches and contexts the work establishes a set of shifting relationships between the viewer and the material world.

Publication metadata

Artist(s): Burton A

Publication type: Exhibition

Publication status: Published

Year: 2006

Number of Pieces: 8 linked items

Venue: The ‘Charbargh’, British Council Building

Location: Delhi, India

Source Publication Date: 27-03-2006

Media of Output: Bamboo, ladders chillies, mirrors, reclaimed industrial by-products

Notes: Reviews/commentary of the exhibition include: The Hindu: Sculpture from a Land of Ants and Bees, (23.3.06) feature article by Mandira Nayar,(, 2006 Design Today (April edition) feature article on sculptures by Andrew Burton 2006 The Statesman (New Delhi 28.9.06). Red Hot Sculptures review by Nidhi Singal 2006- The Asian Age (New Delhi 29.3.06) review of Sculptures from a Land of Ants and Bees by Heena Jhingan 2006 Pioneer (New Delhi 28.3.06) Red Hot Chillies review of Sculptures from a Land of Ants and Bees by mamta Upadhyaya 2006 Financial Express (New Delhi 30.3.06) Bamboo goes British review of Sculpture from a Land of Ants and Bees by Suman Tarafdar