Title: Cola Blooms, 2012
Medium: Cast Fiberglass with Enamel Paint
Courtesy: The artist and ArtC
Location: First floor
New Delhi based sculptor Anjum Singh (b. 1967) created this new series of her acclaimed Cola Bloom sculptures for Art©, using over 1,800 painted cast fiberglass Coca-Cola bottles to construct these anemone-like blossoms which represent consumerism. The shape, bright colors, and glossy finish attract you to examine the delicate “flower,” but upon closer look, the reality of the material makes you contemplate the deeper meaning of the work. While the Cola Blooms turn cast fiberglass representations of waste into aesthetically pleasing sculptures, they make you think about what is happening to the thousands of bottles that are the residue of our thoughtless consumption. Flowers are a symbol of new life and only by protecting the environment can we sustain and transform modern urban society into something that appreciates and protects nature’s beauty.
The natural and the organic have been losing out in favor for the artificial and the synthetic- from the food we eat to the buildings we live in. In her practice, Singh uses shiny and visually seductive materials such as magnets, plastic straws, glass bottles, fiberglass, and nuts and bolts to create sculptures that mimic nature, but also emphasize its absence. These works remind us of residual effects of the rapid urbanization in India and the world at large.
Anjum Singh is represented by Seven Art Ltd. in New Delhi and these Cola Blooms are part of Phoenix Market City’s Permanent Collection.