Created during an artist residency with Autodesk at Pier 9 in San Francisco.
The grand Bhishma loved by all and the greatest of warriors, fallen in battle, lying on the bed of arrows pierced through his body, is a classic image from the ancient Indian epic - the Mahabharata. The Mahabharata captures the soul and thought and that which was true to the life or real to the creative imagination and ideal mind of ancient India. It remains however also characteristic and illuminative of the social, ethical, political and religious culture of India today.
The characters in the epic are cherished and living truths and over the millennia the story has served as a means of vivifying the philosophical ideas of the Upanishads and the Vedas and sometimes even to give new development to those ideas as with the Gita - all these are interwoven into the epic narrative with remarkable skill and closeness. The epic in itself unravels its complex idea both wide and universal in volume and striking and vivid in detail in an exploration of the Indian idea of Dharma, or the law of being.
Bhishma: Folded Steel 4’ x 3’ x 2’