Since it is a government office building it was important to consider the people who will be using it as a workspace every day, the diplomats who will be visiting the Ministry, and the outdoor spaces that are visible from the main road. Spotting a huge peacock or a diya from the main road will surprise the people traveling on the main road and also excite visitors.
The main challenge was to do brass inlay on such large surfaces, – Preksha says. The craftsmen working with us on the project were very experienced but only with small objects. An art installation requires a lot of technical planning and visualization of challenges at every stage, from concept, sampling, structural detailing, to production and installation on site. The other challenge was to do the structural detailing to manage the weight of the jaalis on the wall.
Project took a year’s time from conceptualization to final installation on site.
Read this story in POOL 45.