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Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

Universal sculpture is the new USP of Lal Dighi

Subhro Niyogi,TNN | Feb 8, 2014, 03.54 AM IST

KOLKATA: Lal Dighi, the historic tank at Dalhousie Square that predates the arrival of Job Charnock in 1690, has been given a new look keeping in mind not only the average citizen but also those differently abled. Now it boasts of the first public sculpture that addresses the visually impaired.

Ashish Ghosh, teacher of product design at Shilpa Sadan in Visva-Bharati who conceived and designed the 3-dimensional 250-kg bronze relief map, said the sculptor was inspired by his deep desire to create a universal sculpture in a public space that could be accessed by all.

’Suchandra Bardhan of Jadavpur University, who was the consultant for the Lal Dighi beautification project, wanted the sculpture to disseminate information. She suggested a tactile signage. The map seemed perfect but we did not want it to simply be a visual or relief map. Instead, a scaled down model of the actual Dalhousie Square with the Lal Dighi at its heart seemed appropriate,’ said Ghosh.

Once the subject was frozen, architect Joydeep Mukherjee created the 3D map of Dalhousie on AUTO CAD software. Ghosh, who is originally a wood sculptor, then transferred the map on wooden blocks for casting. The major streets and buildings were then labeled in English and Braille.

’Teachers at the blind school in Narendrapur helped assign Braille labels to the landmarks. Thereafter, we confronted a new challenge. The conventional casting methods that we use did not allow creating such a huge bronze sculpture. We had to finally take the help of a foundry in Howrah to do the casting,’ the sculptor said.

What emerged was a scale model of Dalhousie Square with Lal Dighi prominently at the centre and flanked by Writers' Buildings, St Andrew's Church, Power Tools Building, Currency Building, Dead Letter Office, Standard Life Insurance Building, HSBC, McLeod House, Royal Insurance Building, GPO, Collectorate Building and Reserve Bank.

The sculpture has been placed on a granite pedestal at a height that can be accessed by even the wheelchair-bound. Since the sculpture can be experienced even in the dark, there are no direct lights focused on it. Instead, the pedestal is lit from below. Close to the Rs 3-lakh sculpture is another stand where a conventional map of Dalhousie Square will be put up with lights to facilitate reading after dark.

’I am glad to be part of the first public sculpture for the blind. Though I have done several major works on environmental art, nature art and outdoor sculpture including four sculptures for Beijing Olympics, this has given me immense satisfaction,’ Ghosh added.

Location
kolkata
  • Heritage project at "lal dighi "Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

  • Heritage project at <q>lal dighi </q>Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

  • Heritage project at <q>lal dighi </q>Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

  • Heritage project at <q>lal dighi </q>Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

  • Heritage project at <q>lal dighi </q>Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

  • Heritage project at <q>lal dighi </q>Kolkata, west Bengal India :  Artwork by mrittika,  the sculpture

    Heritage project at lal dighi Kolkata, west Bengal India

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