I am often asked “What was ABM Architect's role in the conception of the New Museum?” and I reply “ABM's role was engineering the art walk, three kilometres long and consisting of over 1000 pieces of art and artefacts.” (Alfaz Miller)
And “What was the most difficult aspect of the project?” to which I reply “Reading Rajeev Sethi's mind.”
Location: Mumbai International Airport, T2
Area: 3 km long
Year Completed: 2013
Project Duration: 2 years
The doyen of Indian Arts and Crafts, Rajeev Sethi, is the 'Scenographer' of the New Museum and the creative intent is conceived by him, realised as it were by numerous artists and craftsmen from across the country. The collection and variety of artefacts from across India is staggering.
ABM worked on the creative engineering to implement the Art Program curated by Mr. Rajiv Sethi. It is one of the larger public art programs of the world! The process involved restoration of artefacts, making them structurally stable; and working with several materials like stone, wood, glass, canvas, cloth, metals, and even cow dung. Even a temporary studio was set up near the site to create models and mock-ups.
ABM curated architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and lighting drawings for all the installations. The plethora of architectural and engineering drawings produced are of an archival quality.
“It was a daunting task, frustrating at most times. I have a sense of immense satisfaction when I look back at the experience of participating in the creation of the world's largest public art program.”