Memoria Corona, 2006

Installation view, Bodhi Art Gallery, Mumbai

Memoria Corona
ivory duco paint on FRP
47 x 38 in. I 119 x 97 cm (diameter)
edition of 3+AP

The crown, usually belonging to the royalty is reflective of power and seen as a mark of honour. The sculpture ‘Memoria Corona’ is modeled on the crown of Queen Elizabeth II of England, on which rests the precious Kohinoor diamond, that India lost to the Empire. The surface of this all white sculpture is completely covered with names of freedom fighters almost like a `memorial` to those who fought the Indian freedom stuggle. I wanted the crown to bear the weight of the other precious treasures, the human lives that were lost to the British Empire.

Acknowledgement: Sadashiv Kuncolienker