WALKING BETWEEN GATE NO. 40 & 45
Pays homage to both the journeys of the earthly body and the transcendental soul. This idea is articulated in various ways in India’s material culture and represents a larger philosophy of ever changing nature of man’s existence, one in constant state of flux, subject to the cyclical motions of kala or time.
‘India Moves’ is a scenographic portrayal of both the physical voyages that have charted India’s history and the concept of symbolic journey of the soul. These two ideas,over a period of time have become integral elements of Indian Culture and are practiced in its traditions and expressed in its arts and crafts. Thus, the age-old modes of transport like antique boats, bullock carts, elephant howdahs, wedding litters and palanquins, temple chariots and padukas that speak of modes of transport both mundane and festive, find expression as part of installations where boat heads and boats serenely float amid anachronistic schools of scrap-metal fish, and fantastical flying locomotives and mythical creatures are suspended in mid-flight from the ceiling above. A large stone relief depicts large ships bearing monks, merchants, and goods across tumultuous seas. The scenes and the style of the carving follow that of the 9 th century carvings of the Borobadur Temple in Java, the architecture and sculptural program of which reveal a strong Indian influence. This then pays homage to the concept of a Greater India and the shared histories with the rest of Asia.