“Tau” stands tall at a majestic 8 metres, towering over the landscape like a regal sentinel. The Haryanvi man, carved from industrial metal, is seated on a traditional charpoy, calmly observing the constant fluctuations of life. As day turns to night and societal norms shift with each passing moment, he stands as a steadfast and guiding presence, offering comfort and wisdom to those who seek it. He serves as a bridge between the past, present, and future as a silent witness to the ebb and flow of time for communities to seek guidance and hope.
Haryana is a one-of-a-kind state in India, blending a rich cultural heritage with a rapidly developing economy. This vibrant metropolis seamlessly blends modern and traditional values, creating a unique atmosphere that brims with endless possibilities and exciting new opportunities. “Tau” is an amalgamation of this knowledge, wisdom, and stories accumulated over several millennia.
Established in 2021 at IFFCO Chowk, “Tau” is the creative product of Gopal Namjoshi, a public artist who specialises in creating impactful installations using found objects and metal sourced from scrap yards. For over a decade, he has been on a mission to craft artworks that seamlessly integrate into the public spaces of Gurugram, connecting with the community and reflecting their unique identity. With an eye towards sustainability and a deep concern for ecological degradation, Namjoshi uses eco-friendly materials in his large-scale creations. He has meticulously collected metal scraps to tell the story of Gurugram’s rich heritage and dynamic spirit. Through his art, he celebrates the resilience and endurance of the city’s residents while showcasing the progression and bright future of this thriving metropolis.
iamgurgaon played a crucial role in bringing Namjoshi’s vision to life, providing the necessary funding and resources to bring his artwork to its designated location. The project was expertly managed by Sehreeti, an urban design consultancy, who oversaw the revitalisation of the site, including the reuse of materials and the planting of indigenous species. This careful planning and execution ensured that the artist’s idea was translated into a magnificent public installation that captured the essence of Gurugram and its people.