Sunder Nursery, New Delhi


Ankon Mitra

Curatorial Advisor:

Reha Sodhi

The Song of the Earth and the Sky

The Gujral Foundation in association with Outset India is pleased to present an iconic public art project – a pleated pavilion titled The Song of the Earth and the Sky at the Sunder Nursery, New Delhi designed by the architect and artist Ankon Mitra.

In the rediscovered garden of Sunder Nursery, renewed and revitalised from history and brought into the present; Mitra seeks to create an Ensō diagram, where copper of the Earth and silver of the sky meet and embrace in a meditative bliss. Architecture of the past lies strewn everywhere in the garden, lending us to a gem of geometry – a beautiful pointed arch. In the pavilion, Mitra has multiplied the arch nine times to symbolise the nine realms. The Zen garden represents yin and yang, wind and water – two elements that connect the Earth and the sky. The multitudes of folds in origami create a single pleated song. In that moment of rhapsody, the physical garden dematerialises and like all spiritual energies, becomes the universe.

Ankon is an architect, landscape designer and pioneer of Origami in India. He is Director at Hexagramm Design based in New Delhi. His studio has taken the art and craft of Origami to materials well beyond paper. Ankon was the recipient of the All-India Gold Medal for Sculpture in 2018 from the Prafulla Dahanukar Foundation. The artist has had exhibitions in India, Italy, France, U.K, U.S. and China, most recently the Shanghai Paper Art Biennale in 2019. With ‘Oritecture’, Mitra shares a unique vision of a universe made and unmade from acts of folding.

Curatorial Advisor: Reha Sodhi

The pavilion will be open to the public for viewing from February 5 – April 26, 2020.