The 21 contemporary abstract sculptures created by a team of 21 artists have started catching the eyes of devotees and tourists reaching Brahma Sarovar in Kurukshetra.
The sculptures made from black marble have been prepared by the artists belonging to Haryana, Assam, Telangana, Rajasthan, Odisha, and Chandigarh after carving out single rock pieces.
While the expenses have been borne by the Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Department, the sculptures will be permanently placed at Purushottam Pura Bagh of Brahma Sarovar. The Kurukshetra Development Board has also planned to get a gallery to display these sculptures.
The Art and Cultural Officer (Sculpture) of the Haryana Art and Cultural Affairs Department, Hirday Kaushal, who had also created one of the sculptures, said, “The sculptures have been prepared on the themes based on the Mahabharata, ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’, and the Gita. Special black bhainslana marble was brought from Rajasthan for the project. The art pieces have been prepared by a team of 42 persons, including 21 artists and their assistants. While usually, it takes a period of over one month to create such sculptures but these have been prepared in 19 days, and these art pieces weigh between 5 tonnes to 12 tonnes.”
“The objective of the project is to promote the dying art in Haryana, increase the aesthetic value of the Brahma Sarovar, and provide a platform to young artists. The artists were given the freedom to express their art and they have used mace of Bhima, Gita, Chakra, dices of Shakuni, soldiers’ rifle, trunk, and cap, and different Mahabharata characters in their compositions.