Photo Essay – Wire Art, Around Town
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
Walk through Delhi streets to encounter the art installations set up by the capital’s electricity department.
The power cables emerging out of electric poles entangle into each other and make multitudes of dream forms that cannot be distinguished by clear outlines.
Do not expect decorum. A sense of restrain was never an element of Delhi style. Spurred by their clumsy free-floating characteristics, the cables liberate themselves from any sign of human interference and follow a non-linear progress of natural expansion as if this city was a wild-life sanctuary.
Every exhibit has its own severe exquisiteness and each expresses a hostile approach to the idea of an ordered way of living.
In some localities, the installations are so innovatively mounted and left to spread out in such complicated fantastical patterns that the viewer is confronted with an anarchy that threatens to strip off his (presumably) cultivated sensibilities and expose his savage rawness.
In the end, he returns home with the mind’s eye blinded by these long dangling shapes of copper, aluminum and plastic.
Note: According to a June 2012 report in Hindustan Times, 20 people have died and 48 injured after getting electrocuted in the past four years due to these high-tension wires criss-crossing the city.