TYPOLOGY: LANDSCAPE ART INSTALLATION
LOCATION: TRACING NARRATIVES TRAVELLING EXHIBITION, STATE ART GALLERY, HYDERABAD STOP, TELANGANA, INDIA
n. a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
When we think of topography, the first thing that comes to mind is the contour map. Contour maps form the basis for 3D representations of land levels and terrains. The stepped layers are immediately recognizable as an undulating land mass, and although they may be very accurate representations, they do not evoke the smooth flow of surfaces that the eye perceives as land. Different techniques in representing terrain are being applied using cast concrete, chiselled stone and glass, that often are more sculptural interpretation of the land. A more fluid representation of terrain could possibly be explored in fabric. Fabric installed within a complex geometry of a calculated framework still has plenty of freedom to dip, stretch, twist, crumple, bend, distort creating unintended imprecise valleys and ridges, reminiscent of overlooked details in a contour model. The fabric used is lycra, that is stretched and mounted over a metal frame embedded with information. Tailoring techniques such as tucking, gathering, pleating add more levels of detail and accuracy. Different levels of topography showcase the capabilities of this mathematical surface. This installation was on display as a part of the Tracing Narratives: Indian Landscape Design exhibition.