6 Must-See Public Installations At Bengaluru ByDesign Festival

The Bengaluru ByDesign Festival

Key landmarks in Bengaluru have come alive with vibrant public installations. Design Festival Bengaluru ByDesign, launched on November 23, 2018, will be on till December 2, 2018.

The 10-day festival celebrates creativity, encourages thinking based on design and explores design innovations through installations, workshops, talks and competitions. The public installations are adding a much-needed dose of pop to busy thoroughfares, notable buildings and shopping malls. The artworks are meant to initiate a conversation around design by invoking the viewers’ imagination and curiosity. The aim is to draw people’s attention towards design, innovation and sustainability.

Here’s our pick of the coolest public installations at the festival.

Installation 1
STOP & STAIR – UNCHAINED SYMPHONY: BIRDS

Pretty birds made of recycled and upcycled paper have taken over an entire staircase at UB City!  This installation features birds in flight and transforms the perception of space to create a positive impression of freedom. The imagery of birds soaring up is an attempt to educate people to protect nature – one doesn’t need to cut trees for paper. The aim is to inform more people that paper can also be procured from cotton, coffee husk or and corn husk. This installation has been set up in association with Bluecat Paper, which creates 100% handmade, recycled paper.

Venue & Date: 
UB City, Vijay Mallya Road
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Installation 2
A DIFFERENT POINT OF VU

With technology becoming an intrinsic part of our lives, it is imperative to understand how best to use it to create art. The purpose of these installations is to celebrate the many gifts of technology. From table tops, wall art and key design elements in a space, technology has been used as art in a revolutionary way. The collection of artworks have been designed to provoke thought and discussion through a new and engaging platform. The installations have been set up in association with Vu, a premier TV brand.

Venue & Date: 
UB City, Vijay Mallya Road
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Installation 3
WHEN BUILDINGS COME ALIVE

Exquisite handwoven textiles have given a new lease of artistic life to Bengaluru’s Townhall. The landmark building represents European Classical Greco-Roman style of architecture and has been an integral part of the city for more than eight decades. The textiles, which interweave master craftsmanship with contemporary designs, have resulted in a temporary makeover of the iconic structure. The installations aim to revive the lost glory of the charming building and to encourage more people to invest in locally-crafted textiles. The installations have been set up in association with Aadyam, an Aditya Birla Initiative.

Venue & Date: 
Bengaluru Town Hall
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Installation 4
GREEN IS THE COLOUR

The festival, with its installations, is trying to bring to everyone’s notice the need of more green spaces in Bengaluru. A collection of green artworks in the formation of twisting ribbons now adorn sideways of busy roads. Providing a much needed relief from the cement and stone structures, these wide arches of lush green are both delightful and thought provoking. The aim is to encourage people to plant more trees and support green movements. These installations have been set up in association with Total Environment, which creates sustainable spaces.

Venue & Date: 
St. Marks Circle
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Installation 5
A LITTLE PAPER, A LITTLE POLAND

What’s a festival without art installations? What’s an art installation without some flowers and vibrant colours? Pajakis are traditional Polish chandeliers made of rye straw and paper. This traditional, mid-18th century Polish art form is creating magic in Bengaluru. Suspended from ceilings, in spider-like fashion, amongst colourful paper cut-outs, paintings and paper flowers, these chandeliers were common in Polish village houses and considered a symbol of harvest and abundance. Karolina Merska, a Pajaki maker from London and the person behind these installations, has been reinventing ancient techniques and giving the age-old art form a more modern appeal.

Venue & Date: 
UB City, Vijay Mallya Road
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

Installation 6
TALES OF INDIGO

Learn all about the charming colour and its deep ties with ancient India through these video installations. This mysterious hue of indigo comprises inordinate geometric patterns woven from the notions of the universe itself. The ‘Indigo Stories’ attempts to uncover the intricacies of the colour and gain new perspectives on it as well. Presented in association with Asian Paints, these installations give viewers a deeper insight into the birth, journey and life of the colour indigo.

Venue & Date: 
UB City, Vijay Mallya Road
November 23 – December 2, 2018

Entry Fee: Free

The 10-day Bengaluru ByDesign commenced on November 23 with a press walkthrough with Suprita Moorthy, Founder of the festival, and Priyanka Shah-Bhandary, Co-Founder. The walkthrough was followed by the opening of the country’s largest design conference, India Design Forum, the theme being ‘Disruptive Design’. The forum was graced by global thought leaders and practitioners of technology, innovation, and design.

For more stories on Bengaluru ByDesign, keep following CuratedByDebarati.

 

*Photo Courtesy: Bengaluru Bydesign

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