This installation was inspired by the small
shrines in public and private courtyards in the towns and villages of
Nepal. It was sited in a public space within a modern office complex in
Kathmandu that housed the Siddhartha Art Gallery and several
computer-related businesses. The building, which represents a trend of
new construction in Nepal, did not take into account the traditional
architecture of creating a common space with aesthetic and functional
values. We used this space to create
For the People of Nepal: a Public Sculpture to reflect upon the
loss of traditional values in the maintenance of a "commons" in Nepal.
Situated prominently at the entrance to the building, the central
courtyard was bare dirt with a few scraggly plants, and had become a
place to throw cigarette buts. People who worked in the building had no
interest in maintaining this common space. We used natural materials
and everyday functional objects to construct a sculpture that reflected
the importance and beauty of the seemingly ordinary things in our
lives. It was intended to stimulate thoughts and dialogue on the
endangered condition of Nepal's culture and environment. Nepal's asset
is its people and their traditions that maintained a balance between
society and nature. This installation celebrated Nepali identity by
presenting indigenous ideas and materials in a new context as a
metaphor for sustainable living.
Materials and Metaphors
traditional building material with many important functional and ritual
uses. It is the foundation of a craft tradition that has enabled Nepali
people to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity. Represents the
growth of the country, firmly rooted in the positive traditions and
intelligence of its people.
strap used together with a doko basket for transporting goods. It
represents the burden of survival and the physical toil of people. Its
fine weaving forms a bond that suggests the strength necessary to forge
a future course for the country.
Rato Mato (Red Earth),it
represents the essence of Nepali culture as it is expressed in the
construction of homes, art and rituals and the beauty of the land.
Lohoro-selauto (Mortar and Pestle),a
grinding stone which is used as a metaphor for the lingham and yoni and
the necessity of unity and equality among the men and woman of Nepal.
Water the substance of life itself that is necessary for physical and spiritual cleansing.
is the Center from which energy emerges and a metaphor for the beauty
of life. Represents the blossoming of the human spirit and the
rejuvenation of culture and environment which can only be accomplished
though creative action.