“Jhada” / Tree
The installation art-work titled “Jhāḍa” (“Tree” in Marathi) by Nuru Karim “Nudes” in collaboration with Krishna Murthy “foldsdesignstudio” celebrates the growth and prosperity of the state of Maharashtra. The growth and energy of the state is captured through flowing lines, vectors and surfaces that gradually rise from the ground to occupy the space of an all-encompassing canopy symbolizing the state as both “protector” and “mentor”. These dynamic flowing geometries illustrate the transportation of “sap” the life fluid (blood) of trees. It is used to transport nutrients and lift water from the roots to the rest of the tree. Filled with nutrients and minerals “sap” is the blood of a tree. In certain cases the sap also acts as a defense mechanism preventing insects from burrowing holes into the tree and preventing the laying of eggs.
Within this context, “Jhāḍa” aims to harbor conversations, interaction and communication under its fluid dynamic form. It not only has the ability to serve as catalyst for conversations through its powerful presence but also act as the eyes, ears and soul of the “forest”. The Art work is designed using cutting edge digital design and fabrication technologies to ring in the prosperity of the state since independence and its contribution to the nation building process.