New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Using 80,000 bullet shells, internationally-acclaimed multi-dimensional artist Gopal Namjoshi on Thursday unveiled his recent most installation titled Homage to Kargil War Heroes at a mall in South Delhi.
“This time, with an urge to create something new and to challenge his own limits, Gopal Namjoshi, the maverick artist who last year around the same time was busy toying with paper boxes and chocolates to create a large city scape is playing with bullet shells this year,” a statement said.
“Bullets can be a symbol of an interruption to the continuity of life, a savior to many or a fear inducing image to the family who lost their son, brother, father or friend, but indeed it’s a destroyer of life,” the statement said.
To this end, the “installation is dedicated to the heart and spirit of the brave soldiers and their families” who were in the forefront to protect the nation and will always be remembered for their sacrifice”
Talking about the installation Namjoshi said: “I want people to approach my work and feel compelled to walk around it and view it from different angles. I want them to walk around it two or three times to feel experience and engage with the installation.”
Namjoshi and his team of six completed the installation, weighing 670 kg in 30 days. It will be on view at Saket’s Select City Walk till July 26.
The Indian Amry went into action in May 1999 to evict Pakistani intruders from the bitter heights of Kargil that they had occuped. The Indian Army lost over 500 offices and soldiers while nearly 1,400 were wounded. The war ended on July 26, 1999.