Unique land art project in Jomsom, Pokhara ends
Kathmandu, May 13:
Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Sunday announced the completion of the tenth segment of Australian Sculptor, Andrew Rogers’ global ‘Rhythms of Life’ land art project against the backdrop of Jomson and Pokhara in Nepal, states a a press release issued here by
the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) today.
Andrew Rogers and his team were in Nepal creating the sculptures from March 22 to April 5.
Rogers’ ‘Rhythms of Life’ project is the largest contemporary land art project in the world — 12 sites in disparate exotic locations (from below sea level up to altitudes of 4,300 metres). Three Geoglyphs (land sculptures), measuring about 660 feetx660 feet each are created on each site.
Since 1999, ‘Rhythms of Life’ sites have been completed in Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India and Turkey.
The ‘Rhythms of Life’, derived from his earlier bronze sculpture and ‘Labyrinth which is a symbol of contemplation associated with both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, are located in Jomsom, in the deepest gorge on earth.
They face a sacred 7,000m snow covered Nilgiri mountains and are adjacent to the Kaligandaki River, one of the most famous rivers.
The third Geoglyph ‘Knot’, which is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, was created in Pokhara, in the Seti Gorge.
These three Geoglyphs are connected by the idea of ‘the Rhythms of Life’ and together form the tenth of the twelve sites, which are in the process of creation.
The construction of this segment of the Rhythms of Life project involved over 450 people from the local community.
The lines of the Geoglyphs stretch approximately 2,550m and comprise over 4,500 tonnes of rocks, which were shifted by hand, states the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) release issued here.
Lisa Choegyal and Carolyn Syangbo coordinated the Nepal logistical arrangements. When completed, the project would have involved over 5,000 people in six continents.
Andrew Rogers is one of Australia’s most distinguished contemporary sculptors with an international reputation. His critically acclaimed sculptures are in numerous private and prominent public collections in Australia, South East Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States of America. He has received many international commissions.
The eleventh segment of his ‘Rhythms of Life’ project commences in mid-May in Slovakia on the side of a 2500-year-old Castle, with the assistance of hundreds of Romanian Gypsies, according to the Nepal Tourism Board.