A Tale Of 26000 Bells That Speak Design

Charuvi Agrawal has introduced her exclusive creation of 25 feet sculpture of Shri Hanuman made of 26,000 bells which is a unique amalgamation of art and technology.

A gold-medallist in fine arts from Delhi College of art and Computer animation from Sheridan College from Canada, Charuvi Agrawal is a practicing visual artist in the domain of animation and fine arts besides being a filmmaker. Her installations adorn spaces in collector's homes and the more aesthetic office spaces in Delhi and Mumbai. Her largest praxinoscope sculpture installation in India at the newly inaugurated Jay Prakash Narayan museum in Lucknow last year, she has made the mark to the fine arts industry with her profound insights on virtual reality. She is also currently working on 3 unique projects besides installations and films.

She combined fine art with technology to create an astounding sculpture comprising of 26,000 bells with pearls, inspired by her 3d animated film on Hanuman, the icon of self-knowledge. The whole process of this artistic masterpiece started with conceptualising the basic form with a series of preliminary sketches and thereafter layers have been added digitally in a software to create the prototypes or scale down models before moving on to the piece itself. Designed in a transcending static, the sculpture is into a physical moving art form. This grand piece has also been mentioned in Limca book of records.

 In the words of Charuvi Agrawal, Founder of Charuvi Design Lab, “My passion is to create intellectually and emotionally stimulating projects which are an amalgamation of art and technology and this Hanuman structure is one of the best examples of it. The sheer rendition and interpretation of Hanuman's virtues in such a manifestation makes it unique. I was personally amazed at the emotional response of the audience irrespective of any class/creed/race towards the artwork. It's very gratifying to witness such a connection between the work and the people experiencing it. We first made a prototype by using pearls. In the prototype, location of the bells, distance between the bells and the material to be used were all analysed and mapped. We then extrapolated this information on to a much larger canvas thereby creating the present day structure”.

She founded Charuvi Design Labs in 2010 and she has been instrumental in CDL rise from an award winning design lab to a renowned animation studio based in New Delhi. The creation of Charuvi is inspired by the nuances of human senses and experiments with them in her work. Her initiative today has blossomed into a think tank where she supports and guides creative artists and designers.

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