The Victoria and Albert Museum have unveiled When Soak Becomes Spill , a new installation by leading Indian artist Subodh Gupta as part of the India Festival at the museum.
This new structure features a stainless steel bucket which stands six metres high and is overflowing with pots,pans, containers and and cooking implements. The vast sculpture is on display on Exhibition Road, outside the museum.
Gupta is well known for his large scale sculptures, work in stainless steel and transformation of everyday objects into installations. His work often reflects his Indian heritage and explores themes such as consumerism, the environment and the common man.
Martin Roth, Director of the V&A said: “It is really exciting that one of Subodh Gupta’s public sculptures will be displayed on London’s streets. When Soak Becomes Spill is one of the highlights of the V&A’s India Festival, and I am delighted that the work of leading contemporary artists is now being exhibited on Exhibition Road”.
The installation shows pots and pans flowing like water over the bucket, sending a message about the importance of the world’s natural resources and how contemporary society wastes them.
Subodh Gupta was born in 1964 in Patna, Bihar and is widely considered to be one of India’s most successful contemporary artists. His work ranges from sculptures and installations to painting and photography.
The display of this new sculpture will also coincide with a brand new solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Hauser & Wirth from the 12th February to the 2nd May 2016.
Soak to Spill is free to view on Exhibition Road outside the V&A until the 2nd May 2016.