As the world recovers from a pandemic and multiple lockdowns, an art installation aims to bring hope and visual joy to every passerby at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati riverfront. Titled ‘The Floating Delectation’, the work has been created by IPS officer and artist Ajay Choudhury, adding to his string of site-specific artworks. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

The installation includes an assemblage of a thousand assorted two to three foot air balls floating over the river stretch. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

“It was important for me to install it in Ahmedabad because it is a political and economic hub. I also wanted something that would speak to the whole city; and a water-based art installation seemed like a different type of experience,” Choudhury told Niti Majethia. (Photo: Ajay Choudhury)

Through his vibrant work, the artist attempts to bring art outside gallery spaces so that people can experience visual joy, notes the press statement. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

In this picture, visitors can be seen at the installation site. (Ajay Choudhury)

It wok been curated by artist Mahima Champawat. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Choudhury also intends to pay a tribute to the famous land artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude whose works he has highly admired and taken inspiration from. The artist duo worked with large-scale installations at public spaces to connect the spectator to art. One of the pertinent works being ‘The Floating Piers’ at Italy’s lake Iseo, a larger-than-life installation of walkways that allowed people to walk above the surface of the lake. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

The statement further notes that ultimately, the set up exhibits the essence of the area. “Installation additionally changes our relationship to the concealed space and opens our eyes to what is right in front of us. It lets us take a fresh look at things,” it read. (Express Photo by Nirmal Harindran)

“It took me a year to come up with the whole concept and it took a long time to get the permissions and approvals,” Choudhury added. (Ajay Choudhury)

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