VIEW 20 Architectural Installation / ANOTHERVIEW N.20 – Under a Banyan tree in Ranakpur
VIEW 20 Architectural Installation / ANOTHERVIEW N.20 – Under a Banyan tree in Ranakpur – 24 hours video – was filmed in Ranakpur, Rajasthan, India on the 21st of August 2018.
VIEW 20 is a 24-hour window on a mature banyan tree in Ranakpur, India, recorded by ANOTHERVIEW during an extensive 2018 tour through Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in the month of August, the middle of the monsoon season. On this occasion they “rented” the tree, and invited the inhabitants of a nearby village who do not usually have the opportunity to go there. The outstanding natural beauty of the tree attracted both people and a delightful menagerie of animals throughout the course of one day and night, so that ANOTHERVIEW could paint a portrait of the daily life of a rural Rajasthani community. Banyan trees, known for their extremely wide canopies and aerial roots, live for two to three hundred years and symbolise immortality. Banyans grow throughout India, where they are the national tree.
The frame designed by Hong Kong textile artist Elaine Yan Ling Ng – Nature Squared’s Chief Material Innovator – pays tribute to this humble yet captivating natural world in its hand-woven PASTORALE textile wall covering edged with strips of baked eggshell. PASTORALE is Elaine’s first textile collection designed exclusively for Nature Squared, and also features, along with bamboo reclaimed from discarded construction waste, on a tent-inspired canopy. The columns, which pay homage to temple architecture in India, comprise TERRAMIQUE, a new moulded material made of sustainably sourced crushed eggshell; shown at Milan in architectural form for the first time.
A 2.8-metre curved viewing bench with bamboo inlaid by hand in a starburst pattern, a signature classic Nature Squared technique, completes the installation,extending the viewing experience by connecting tactile materiality with another world.
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