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As the celebrations of the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi kick-start, Mumbai-based sculptor Nishant Sudhakaran has come up with an eco-friendly Ganesha idol. Made for Ford Motors in association with Madhvi Pittie, co-founder at Workshop Q, the six-feet sculpture is made entirely from automobile scrap. A specialist in creating sculptures out of metal scrap, this is Nishant’s way of thanking the Lord for the birth of his daughter. The sculptor completed the idol in a record time of one month and owes it all to Ganapati, saying, “Ganpati Bappa removes all obstacles.”
Made from over 900 kg of Ford car parts like disk brakes, fenders, clutch plates, flat gears, shaft gears, spark plugs, connecting rods, automobile chains, crank shafts, the idol of Chaarbhuja Dhaari Vighnaharta’s mount mooshak (rat/undir mama) is also made from gears, nuts, bolts, piston block and has a wrought iron tail.
Installed at the Oberoi Mall (Goregaon, Mumbai), the sculpture is being appreciated by one and all.
“It is the new way to recycle and create something that will sit like a timeless creation,” he says.
Nishant has created master pieces that have found takers from esteemed clients, including Shapoorji Pallonji Pvt Ltd, Holiday Inn- Mumbai and House of Masaba.
His works include a three-headed lion-faced alien sculpture made of scrap machine parts, an 11-feet tall artistic metal tree sculpture (with leaves) that rotates on its own axis with the flow of the wind (displayed at the recent Kalaghoda Arts Festival), a six-feet tall metal tree for indoor décor, wrought iron metal chandeliers, creative lamps made from old metal water pipes, wall hanging guitar mural made of scrap metals, a 10-feet plant wall mural which has maple leaves and big sized metal butterflies and awards for a Malayalam film award ceremony.
Having finished creating the six-feet Ganpati, he now gets busy with a 11-feet tall kinetic wind sculpture.