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The folded garden

The folded garden
Origami is witnessing a renaissance the world over, and in diverse fields. In this continuum, a first ever exhibition of Origami-inspired abstract art and installations will be on show from 16 to 20 August at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre.

Title The Folded Garden, the exhibition will showcase the work of Delhi-based landscape designer, architect and origami artist Ankon Mitra. The show is curated by well known art critic Uma Nair. Besides the solo works of Mitra, the show will also exhibit some collaborative works with Digital Jalebi, Radha Dhaka, Hexagramm Design and Tultul Mitra.

The show is inspired by the rich and vibrant landscape traditions of India, interpreted through the precise geometric techniques of Origami. The works are abstract, but evoke fruits, trees, flowers, garden ornaments and fountains to invoke the deeply spiritual and sacred roots of landscape traditions. The works have been executed in diverse mediums looking beyond paper to metals, plastics and fabric.

Ankon Mitra is Director, Landscape Design at Hexagramm Design Pvt. Ltd., and divides his time between designing landscapes and teaching Origami at the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad and other architecture and design schools around the country. An alumnus of the prestigious Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and a gold medallist from the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA), New Delhi, he exhorts his students to discover the immense potential and beauty of Origami, a fresh flowering of an ancient technique.

WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre,  Lodhi Road
WHEN: 16 to 20 August, 10 am to 8 pm

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