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An interactive, community art installation focused on environmental sustainability. Professionally filmed and photographed.
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Eco Art Installations is a Not-For-Profit Social Enterprise. At Eco Art Installations we unite and explore our creative potential, raise awareness of ecological issues, and present our vision of beautiful co-creation. 

You are invited to collaborate with an Eco art installation being created at the Bamboo Centre in Auroville, India. An Eco art installation is a site-specific, three dimensional, interactive community art work focused on environmental sustainability. This Eco art installation will feature a giant, bamboo geodesic dome, a large colourful kolam, vibrant music and a human mandala of dancing children and other members of the local community. By design an Eco art installation is temporary in nature - it is an act of community creativity and oneness which transcends locality. Each eco art installation is professionally photographed, filmed and made into a 3 minute Youtube video to be shared with the online global community. 

Eco art installations function as a symbol of creativity, unity, happiness and prosperity to facilitate environmental education, cultural awareness and enterprise. We would like this particular Eco art installation to facilitate in the manifestation of creating an Kottakarai Children's Arts Centre and an inspirational bamboo dome work space that is suitable for local women to run workshops and produce bamboo arts and crafts for the purpose of Social Enterprise.

Photos relating to the forthcoming eco art installation:

Bamboo is indigenous to Tamil Nadu. It is one of the fastest growing, self-regenerating plants in the World. It's biomass generation is one of the best in the plant kingdom and it is very important in forestry products. Here is a photo of a baby model of the giant, bamboo geodesic dome that will feature in the Eco art installation. 

Baby model of the giant, bamboo geodesic dome
Baby model of the giant, bamboo geodesic dome

Kolams are a Tamil form of art that are created using rice powder. A Kolam is a geometrical line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are not only a colourful expression of creativity but also have a practical purpose as ants do not have to walk too far for a meal! The rice powder also invites birds and other small creatures to eat it. Kolams are usually created daily outside the front door and are a symbol of unity and tribute to harmonious co-existence.

A circular kolam
A circular kolam

Kolam's are usually made by women. Here is a photo of a small kolam being made at the Mohanam Culture Centre www.mohanam.org 

A small kolam being made. The eco art installation will feature a giant Kolam.
A small kolam being made. The eco art installation will feature a giant Kolam.

Dance and human mandalas

Mandalas symbolically or metaphysically represent the cosmos: a microcosm of the universe. In various traditions mandalas are created to focus the attention of aspirants and adepts for establishing a sacred space. On the day of the Eco art installation members of the community and some children from the Mohanam Culture Centre and Kottakarai village primary school will activate the space with classical and folk Tamil dancing mixed in with with some contemporary free styling!

Girls dancing in a human mandala at the Mohanam Culture Centre, Auroville via Puducherry
Girls dancing in a human mandala at the Mohanam Culture Centre, Auroville via Puducherry

The music will be a vibrant mix of classical, folk, pop and World music. Some of the music will be played by local and international musicians, as well as children. The Sound crew are just one of the many talents that will be playing.

Some of the Key collaborators for this Eco art installation: 

Char Evans – British Eco Artist. Char had a vision of an Eco art installation and is bringing the whole concept to life. Her work is inspired by imagination, eco creativity, colourful community collaboration and environmental sustainability. She has a background in the Music Industry, Reiki Energy healing and as an international Teacher. She brings her vision: http://www.ecoartinstallations.org/#!collaborators/c13dq 

Catherine Starostenko – Ukrainian award wining Green Artist. Her work is inspired by nature and focuses on how we can use less and get more. She brings her experience of creating Eco graffiti, moss maps, dancing trees, mud mats and geometric leaf weaving to the Eco art installation. http://all-u-need-is-art.blogspot.in

Yatra Srinivassan - Indian Film Director and founder of Yatra Multimedia. He has written, directed and acted in many original short films, documentaries and street theatre productions. He playfully uses film and partners with NGOs to bring social and environmental awareness to the local villages . Yatra Multimedia are directing the Eco art installation video. www.yatramultimedia.org/about-us

Srikanth Kolari - Indian Photo Journalist represented by REDUX Photo Agency, New York. He was selected for the prestigious Visa pour l’image 2012, France 2012 and Angkor Photo Festival 2012, Cambodia. He works in conflict afflicted regions of Asia covering individuals and cultural groups affected by war, poverty and prejudice. Kolari’s work was chosen for Twenty Best Solo Exhibitions of India by The Škoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art 2011 and he was the winner of The Glenfiddich Artists in Residence Programme 2011. http://skolari.photoshelter.com , http://www.reduxpictures.com

Gaia Harvey Jackson (of StampCollective) and Joe Iredale (of HalfCut) - British Performance and Visual Artists based in London, UK. Their work primarily focuses on audience interaction and participation. They are associate Artists of Theatre Delicatessen who transform disused buildings into Arts venues in and around London, creating accessible and affordable work spaces for emerging artists. Gaia and Joe are bringing their playful imagination and experience of creating installations and performances at festivals, railway arches, theatres, museums, galleries and found spaces; such as office blocks and basements into the Eco art installation. www.stampcollective.com , www.halfcutcompany.co.uk , www.theatredelicatessen.com

Reda Radi – Moroccan creative coder and Media Artist based in Montréal. He creates interactive multi sensorial experiences that engage people in socialisation processes and philosophical reflexions. He is bringing light, wind and other gifts from nature to the Eco art installation. http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/reda-radi/43/663/219?trk=shareTw

Balazs Virag, Budai Balazs and Lili Almassy – Hungarian Construction designers. Collectively they have completed 20 structural designs in Africa, Asia and Europe.They also create installations with projectors, organise festivals, explore photography and play music. Lili is studying ceramics and porcelain design at Moholy Nagy University of Arts.

Cosmo Brahman – German Supermind Artist. Cosmo creates with the guidance of the Mother and brings his understanding of integral, light and peace to the Eco art installation. https://www.facebook.com/berndcosmo.haldenwang?fref=ts

Sudha Elumalai, Sumathi Segar, Selvi Ramalingam, Devanyi Sivanesan, Anitha vetri vel, Kavitha Jayashankar – Indian Kolam Artists. When making Kolams the ladies feel a new energy. Sometimes they design the Kolams before making them, but often they are created in the moment. Usually they make Kolams independently but are excited about creating a giant one together. They bring their Kolam talent and skills to the Eco art installation. www.aurovillebamboocentre.org www.mohanam.org

Balasundaram Ponnusamy - Indian Director of the Bamboo Centre and Mohanam Cultural Centre. He is a cultural, social and peace activist. Balasundaram brings his experience of empowering the youth, international cultural exchange and his team at the Bamboo Centre and Mohanam Culture Centre to the Eco art installation. www.aurovillebamboocentre.orgwww.mohanam.org

About the communities of Auroville and Puducherry

Auroville is a centre for awareness in environmental sustainability. There are many fantastic environmental organisations and enterprises collaborating with Eco Art Installations such as: Bamboo Centre www.aurovillebamboocentre.org, Eco Service www.eco-service.in Wellpaper www.wellpaper.org Wasteless www.iwasteless.org, Svaram music shop http://www.auroville.com/svaram-m-2.html and Sadhana Forest sadhanaforest.org to name a few. For further information please have a look at the list of collaborators on the website http://www.ecoartinstallations.org/#!collaborators/c13dq 

The international community of Auroville is a project in ‘human unity’, which has received many statements of support from UNESCO. It now encompasses more than 80 rural settlements spread over 20km and about 1800 residents. Two-thirds of these are foreigners representing around 38 different nationalities. Each settlement has its own area of expertise - to name a few; traditional medicinal plants, renewable energy, organic farming, women’s groups and dynamised water technology. At the spiritual and physical centre of Auroville is an incredible structure called the Matrimandir. It looks surreal like a cross between a giant golden golf ball and a NASA space project. Inside it contains a silent chamber lined with white marble and a solid crystal ball (the largest in the world) 70cm in diameter. Rays from the sun beam into this crystal from a tracking mirror in the roof. 


Puducherry is the former capital of French India and is the interplay of a bustling, chaotic, Indian market town and leafy boulevards with European, colonial enclaves. Puducherry was known to Greek and Roman geographers as “Poduke” and was an important post on the maritime trade route between Rome and the Far East in the second-century. When the Roman Empire declined, the Cholas and Pallavas took control and were followed by a succession of colonial powers; the Portuguese, French, Danes and British. Puducherry is a city sprinkled with Buddhist and Hindu temples, Mosques and Catholic churches. It is also home to one of the best-known and wealthiest ashrams in India - The Sri Aurobindo Ashram, where travellers go to study yoga and meditation.

COSTS for the Eco art installation:

£70  – To construct the bamboo geodesic dome

£20  - Colourful rice and stone powder to make the Kolam

£250  - Professional film and editing services for the video

£120  - Professional photographer services

£20  - Transport costs for children and equipment

£30  - Electricity for lights and audio systems

£30  - Some light refreshments such as water, chai and fruit

£540 = Total 

To keep costs down Char has not included the 5% Kickstarter handling fee + 3% Kickstarter payment processing fee + 1-2% VAT = £54

How many people are you hoping to engage on site in the eco art installation? 

It will depend on the day but we estimate about 100 people.

How will you share the eco art installation with the global online community?

The Eco art installation will be activated in March and shared via YouTube in April. 

Other websites: 

www.ecoartinstallations.org 

www.facebook.com/ecoartinstallations 

Eco Art Installations is supported by Charlotte Meddings - a London based independent curator.

www.charlottemeddings.com
www.charlottemeddings.com

How will you fund the eco art installation?

Through donations- To enable transparent funding Char has registered 'Eco Art Installations Ltd.' through Companies House. It is a Not-for-Profit Social Enterprise No. 8776575. If you wish to help fund this project please feel free to pledge through this Kickstarter page.

Artist: Char Evans
Artist: Char Evans

For information about Char's work and education please see the biography or go to: http://www.ecoartinstallations.org/#!collaborators/c13dq

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Risks and challenges

Any large scale community art project has its risks and challenges. For example, it is unlikely but there could be rain on the day of the Eco art installation resulting in rescheduling and delays in delivery for the Eco art installation photographs and video.

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