Client

Airports Authority of India
Length
45m
Height
3.2m max.
Material
Gold-foil on composite wood board.

Postscript

As part of an arts commission budget of 0.1% of project cost further slashed by budget cuts, the artwork for the airport was completed as part of the civil costs at an extraordinarily low cost that covered only material costs with artist's fees being born by SGA.

2013

Artwork for Lucknow Airport

SGA and artist Shimonti Sinha collaborate to create airport terminal's wall mural.

It is not often that a building bears the responsibility of representing the culture of a city. In this case, the terminal building also designed by SGA while claiming allegiance to the sky and making only subtle references to places and events in the city, transfered this responsibility to the interior frontispiece mural. The 45m long, gold-plated relief artwork above the check-in desks, narrates the everyday life of the city: a seamless tale of the hand-pulled carts and auto-rickshaws on the streets, the boats on the Gomti river, kids flying kites all against the backdrop of the city's important landmarks.

Concept: Mural

A city as vibrant as Lucknow cannot be depicted through a single event in time or place. Neither can its culture, music and dance find expression without its monuments that make Lucknow what it is today. The river Gomti seems to hold together its people and the physical city in a gentle sweep through time and space. In its gently lapping waves unfold the many tales of the city. This is what the mural tries to depict.

Thematic Banners

Throughout the interior space of the terminal, vertical banners punctuate the high volume. They carrying a colourful infographic about a single aspect of the State's multi-layered culture.

See also ...

1988
Dakshin Delhi Kalibari Temple. A Modern Hindu Temple completed in 1988 that reinterprets the traditional Hindu temple form in exposed reinforced cement
1996
ISKCON Temple. Interiors of this iconic modern temple designed by A.P. Kanvinde.
2014
Corporate Office for Jindal Steel and Power, Raigarh. A platinum rated green building for Jindal Steel at their Raigarh Plant for 700 employees.
1998
Jindal Centre, Delhi. An office that reinterprets the urban design guidelines of Bhikaji Cama Place

See also ...

1988
Dakshin Delhi Kalibari Temple A Modern Hindu Temple completed in 1988 that reinterprets the traditional Hindu temple form in exposed reinforced cement
1996
ISKCON Temple Interiors of this iconic modern temple designed by A.P. Kanvinde.
2014
Corporate Office for Jindal Steel and Power, Raigarh A platinum rated green building for Jindal Steel at their Raigarh Plant for 700 employees.
1998
Jindal Centre, Delhi An office that reinterprets the urban design guidelines of Bhikaji Cama Place