Sculptor Kalyan Rathor talks about his Guinness achievement
Bengaluru based industrial designer, Kalyan Rathore has taken the plunge into sculpturing and has given wings to his imagination. His leap of faith, has earned him a place in the Guinness Book of Records and has also led him to setup his own studio. Specialising in sculpture and installation he says, “I like to explore and imagine things. That has led me to become inventive.”
Branding him as a ‘misfit’ in a generation which gave importance to academic rather than creativity, he recalls, “In my first grade, when I was asked to shade four boxes in colours, I managed to do it with different shades of black using my pencil since I had forgotten my colours.” His tryst with design and creativity was inspired from his father, who was an aeronautical engineer. “My father gave me the hope that I could think out of the box.” He claims, his approach to art is through engineering and says, “Though people think engineering isn’t very creative, I feel it depends on how much people are willing to explore.”
About the Guinness Record design, he says that he formulated a plan which would hold 22,000 photographs together. He explains, “My challenge was to use just photographs and glue. I designed a beehive structure, which could stack the photographs and hold it firmly. It took two months to finish it.” Speaking about the record for the world’s largest photo sculpture, he says that he was surprised that the book of records did not have any discipline in installation art. “I am thrilled about the feat and I am glad it paid of well”, he proudly says. As a self taught sculptor, he has created a lot of designs with steel and also transformed them to interpret a variety of themes. His pieces have been showcased at many exhibitions around the globe. He has been popularised as one of the top ten artists in a survey on a social networking site. As a passionate animal lover, he takes time off to raise his voice against the cruelty meted out to them.
For four months city sculptor and artist Kalyan Rathore carried a secret with him. “Thankfully, I could let those on my social circuit know or it might have been tough to keep such news to myself,” he says of being part of a Guinness World record. In May this year, Rathore created a ‘photo sculpture’ using 40,000 pictures. Shaped to resemble a beehive, the entire structure is made up of only photographs, using no aid for support or to frame.
For the sculpture he had been approached by an American IT services giant that has major presence in the city to work on a project with an eye on making a world record.
“The MNC holds annual contests for its employees. This year, the contest was in India for which it had collected 22,000 employee photo portraits. This is when I was commissioned to create a sculpture out of the photographs,” says Rathore.
After nearly four months of planning the design, the model and a mock-up later, in March, he began the process of assembling the structure. Each employee photo, sized as much as a matchbox and shaped as a triangle, was folded and fitted to make the hexagonal shape of a beehive. Once done, the sculpture measured 15 feet and four inches high with a 12 feet base.
On display at the MNC’s Whitefield office from May to August, it was eventually dismantled. But not before it was certified by the record book as the ‘world’s largest photo sculpture’ in July.
“The company is the record holder and I have been certified as the official artist to have worked on the sculpture,” says Rathore.