The entry into Gurugram through MG Road was once a forgettable experience, marked by high-speed travel and a disconnected feeling. However, this space offered iamgurgaon an opportunity to transform it into a threshold of the city, a place that would make a lasting impression for those entering or leaving the city and serve as an introduction to what the city represents.
The experience of travelling along the road or taking the metro varies greatly depending on various factors such as direction, angle, speed, time of day, and mood. The bifurcated site presented a chance for a three-dimensional, layered, and dynamic design that could be interpreted differently based on individual perspectives.
The journey into Gurugram is now met with the stunning sight of soaring metal panels, each adorned with silhouettes of birds in flight, culminating in the magnificent art installation crafted by the talented artist Gopal Namjoshi. Inspired by the Eagle Owl, a native of the Aravali hills, the bird symbolises the rising aspirations of the city and its connection to its past, reminding us of the significance of nature in shaping our future.
The artwork was created from over ten tons of metal waste, showcasing the potential for innovative transformation of waste into works of art. The angular walls and intricate patterns reflect the diverse aspects of Gurugram, including its rural and urban landscapes, cultural heritage, and historical significance. This installation tells the story of not only the nature that surrounds us but also the nature we strive to bring back into our lives. The final design was the result of many iterations and draws inspiration from Gurugram’s skyline and the rhythm of the Aravali hills. The panels are filled with a blend of scrap metal, including angles, pipes, flats, cable trays, rods, sheets, and more, showcasing the artist’s imaginative reuse of waste.
The use of scrap metal and concrete waste in its creation is a testament to iamgurgaon’s commitment to address the ecological challenges of our times. The planting palette of native species, including Dhak and Khair trees, adds an extra layer of environmental sensitivity to the space. Additionally, the landform has been modulated to capture, absorb, and recharge groundwater, showcasing Gurugram’s commitment to sustainability.