Mumbai: The RPG Art Foundation unveiled a 9-feet tall sculpture titled ‘Yoga on the Sealink’ in JVPD, Mumbai, today. The foundation has partnered with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to bring art into public spaces in the form of a series of iconic works by renowned artists. Present on the occasion was leading actor and yoga proponent Shilpa Shetty.
Yoga on the Sealink displays the Urdhva Dhanurasana, otherwise known as Chakrasana on the beautifully created cable-stayed bridge that links Bandra in the Western Suburbs of Mumbai with Worli in South Mumbai. The posture in itself is an intermediate/advanced backbend that offers many benefits to the body, mind, and spirit.
Conceptualised by globally acclaimed Mumbai-based sculptor Sharanbasappa Alloli, the 11-feet long gelcoated fiberglass sculpture has been installed at the traffic island on N.S. Road No. 10, near Pushpa Narsee Park, JVPD.
Other prominent installations by RPG Art Foundation:
• Suryakant Lokhande’s ‘Cameraman’ is a tribute to India’s visionary film makers for their contribution to the field of cinema.
• Valay Shende’s ‘Dabbawala’ installation is a tribute to Mumbai’s dabbawalas who provide succour to millions of Mumbaikars.
• Sunil Padwal’s ‘Tetrapod’ installed at Worli Seaface is a reminder of the reclaimed land of the seven islands that forms the Mumbai of today.
• Jaideep Mehrotra’s ‘Sachin’ is a visual tribute to the iconic cricketer whose home is Mumbai.
• The ‘Baby Head’ by Chintan Upadhayay depicts the impression a city makes on the personality of a child.
• Arzan Khambatta’s ‘Rhino’ that was an integral part of CEAT’s brand identity.
The Sealink is synonymous with the bustling city of Mumbai and has made traveling easier for thousands of Mumbaikars who now save time daily. But how many of us have made use of this time to adopt a healthy lifestyle and lead a fuller life? Yoga is not just a form of exercise but also a means towards attaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
“Our aim is to create works that are iconic and represent Mumbai in myriad ways. The Sealink has indeed made our travel easier, but the dilemma remains around the usage of spare time to bring in some meaning to our lives. Through Yoga on the Sealink, we intend to instill an urge for a fitter Mumbai. I would wholeheartedly like to thank MCGM for supporting us and giving us the necessary permissions for making Mumbai more beautiful. An initiative of this mammoth proportion can only be accomplished with the unflinching support of the civic body,” said Harsh Goenka, Chairman, RPG Art Foundation.
“The artwork here is a dramatic expression of the artist’s idea where the Bandra-Worli Sealink is synonymous with Mumbai city and the wheel pose being a metaphor for the never-ending busy lives of the city’s residents. I would also take this opportunity to applaud RPG Art Foundation’s initiative to give Mumbai city’s landscape a face lift, said one of India’s most celebrated yoga proponents and a fitness enthusiast Shilpa Shetty.
About his work, eminent artist Sharanbasappa Alloli, said, “Yoga on the Sealink is a metaphor for a fitter Mumbai, one that bridges the gap between mind, body and soul, and captures my hope for a healthy life for the denizens of Mumbai.”