Art@Site Vibhor Sogani Sprouts

Vibhor Sogani



AIIMS Flyover
Sprouts by Vibhor Sogani, designed for Jindal Steel, near the AIIMS flyover in New Delhi.
Urban art in India has unfortunately been reduced to the picturesque. Unconnected to the city, it has the same quality as winter flowers on a roundabout or a Pepsi hoarding on a sidewalk. Its presence or absence contributes little to the quality of urban life. So it was a matter of some surprise when the Delhi government sanctioned a hefty fee for the installation of an urban sculpture at the AIIMS crossing. As you pass the interchange, you see steel balloons, metallic lollipops swaying in the breeze, above a ground that also swells and sways.
Mesmerizing and hypnotic though the pieces, its placement at a site meant to convey traffic at high speeds across different roadways seems not just inappropriate, but irresponsible. The merits of the sculpture aside, the positioning of visual distractions on high speed roads, that too by the government, makes you wonder whether a parking lot will be sanctioned next to allow people to stop for an ice cream and an evening stroll on the mounds. The purpose of “beautification”—doubtless the intention behind the sculpture—presumes the city to be an ugly place in need of visual uplift and distraction.
Vibhor Sogani, born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, is one of the leading creative professionals in India. An alumnus of the prestigious National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, he has made a strong mark in the areas of art & light-based installations.
One of India’s largest and most visible public art installations, the 'Sprouts', a 40 feet high stainless steel installation spread over 6 acres of greens surrounding the AIIMS flyover in the heart of Delhi, is his creation. This was an initiative of Delhi Government towards beautification of Delhi, representing it as a world city. Vibhor Sogani was recently invited by the PMO to showcase his works & installations at the prestigious Mahatma Mandir, Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat during the events of 'Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas 2015, Vibrant Gujarat & Indinox. The show titled “Mahatma in me…” was inaugurated by Honourable CM Anandiben Patel.