In the form of a large-scale installation, Shail Suneja’s project activates an island space caught between three busy roads right under the metro station. Wire mesh sculptural pieces reminiscent of the industrial fences in the surrounding areas flow like ribbons across the harsh beams of the building. The piece draws its inspiration and form from flow lines, rising and dipping with the rhythm of the traffic, the movement of the crowd and the curve of the road. It also marks the gentrification of the space represented by the flying away of old industrial fences.
Having dabbled in product and space design, and with a keen interest in hands-on work, Shail Suneja’s practice has most frequently dealt with sustainability and ecological building, emphasizing on the use of natural, indigenous materials that forge a direct link between that which is built and the natural context within which it is situated. As a result, his work, instead of imposing form upon material, allows material to dictate form. Whether it comes to understanding the properties of natural materials or the functioning of man made machinery, Shail’s practice advocates a close introspection of our physical world in order to inform our interventions such that they are integrated with context rather than imposed upon it.
Across the span of two semesters, Shail’s ideas have travelled from literal to abstract, from narrative-intensive to material-intensive. Photographing the site from various angles and sketching playful intervention ideas directly over them, allowing him to arrive at the basic idea of exploring soft forms through hard materials. Shail arrived at the use of metal mesh to create large, flowing ribbon-like forms that would seem like they were flying away and wrapping around the beams of the building, to symbolize the breaking away of barriers.