nav l laya - a confluence, Jaipur
Location: Jaipur, Rajasthan
Area: 156 sqm
Status: Temporary Installation from January to March 2018
Client: Jawahar Kala Kendra
Built for the Exhibition 'When is Space?' curated by Rupali Gupte and Prasad Shetty, nav|laya is a juxtaposition of the works of Abin Design Studio with the Navagraha mandala - origin of Jaipur's city plan and basis for Correa's Jawahar Kala Kendra. While 'nav' represents the absolute (nine), 'laya' is both dissolution and merging, morphing in its meaning with context.
The installation is aligned with the twist that Correa uses to mimic the deviation in Jaipur’s plan, reinforcing links with contextual provocations of the Grid and its Transformation. Appreciating this ability to transform, these uniform cubes showcase a unique form as parts of a whole.
Two parallel dimensions in time are represented; a rooted grid of pathways portrays the past and transforming canopies depict the future. The space in-between manifests the multiplicity of changing times, signifying human scale in public realm. This effort aims at a future promoting the idea that in all our differences, we are equal, and part of a greater whole.