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From waste to works of art

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 15: Sculptor Mayadhara Sahu exhibited his artworks at a solo exhibition held at Rashtriya Lalit Kala Akademi here.

The 26-year-old displayed works made of marble, wood, iron, brass and steel.

In one of the artworks, Sahu depicted a vegetable market. He used nails, screws, wood and marble to create cauliflowers, lady’s fingers, bunches of garlic, banana, potatoes and eggs. To create the effect of a jackfruit, Sahu pinned nails on a wooden surface. The visitors liked this creation the most.

“With the invasion of science and technology, natural food production is getting affected every single day. That is what I have tried to portray through this artwork,” said Sahu. Another interesting piece of work was a flock of cranes that Sahu had installed in a part of the gallery. Dozens of birds appeared to have migrated here as they stood on a lush green ground created with effects of colours.

Sahu used scrap and leftover marble to create his artworks. He joined them to construct the elements of his work instead of working on a single piece of marble and carving out of it.

“It is a challenge to carve out something from a single piece of marble. But piecing together waste materials and scrap to create a work of art is equally difficult. I collect waste and leftovers from construction sites,” he said.

His murals, which he created by etching on granite, had Gandhiji in various poses and different scenes from life.

“The effect of illusion created by coloured marble and other media in his collection of vegetables is remarkable,” said Roan Lakerweld, an art lover from Netherlands.