Poor Sculptor’s Work Obtains Justice: Prayagraj Civic Corps Lends a Hand | Allahabad News
PRIYAGRAJ: After a long wait of nine years, finally the sculpture, made by a former student of Allahabad University’s Department of Fine Arts, Udham Singh Patel, has found a suitable place to be exhibited in the city.
Patel had made a huge hammer, weighing around 3500kg and measuring around 28ft and was titled “power of youth” by him, in 2013, as part of his final year project. The achievement of the poor but promising artist was published in TOI after which he was honored by different forums. In the days that followed, he was assured by officials of the district administration that his art would be displayed in a prominent place in the city.
However, despite promises made by officials at the time and even former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, the sculpture was gathering dust on the AU campus.
A few months ago, Patel was asked by the head of the Fine Arts department to remove the majestic gavel because AU needs the space where it had been gathering dust for so many years.
Distraught, Patel then met Prayagraj Development Authority (PDA) Vice Chairman Arvind Singh Chauhan who promised to help him.
“The artist’s efforts should not have been in vain due to which we have moved the huge hammer to the premises of the city’s Chandrashekar Park where it will be exhibited,” said PDA VC, Arvind Singh Chauhan.
“It took about seven months of hard work for my team of six dedicated young people to complete this task. The hammer weighs over 3500 kg and this 21-foot-tall sculpture measures 28 feet in diameter (seven feet on each of the four sides from the hollow left for its handle). The whole sculpture was so heavy that it took more than 50 students to turn it, whereas applying paste or painting it and installing this huge sculpture would also be a record in itself,” explains Patel.
Patel added, “I had taken a loan of Rs 3.5 lakhs from the bank under PM rozgar yojna and despite several assurances my artwork was gathering dust at AU. Had it not been for the timely assistance of the PDA VC and TOI, my dream of getting decent exposure for the artwork would never have come to fruition”.
Now the hammer is safe with the park premises and the PDA would soon open the same for display after attaching the support handle.