Rogers - Rhythms of Life - project completed in Nepal

 

The Nepal Tourism Board is delighted to announce that Australian Sculptor, Andrew Rogers has just completed the tenth segment of his global "Rhythms of Life" Land Art Project against the stunning vistas of Jomson and Pokhara in Nepal. Andrew Rogers and his team were in Nepal creating the sculptures, 22 March to 5 April, 2008.

Rogers' "Rhythms of Life" project is the largest contemporary land art project in the world – 12 sites in disparate exotic locations (from below sea level and up to altitudes of 4300 metres). Up to three Geoglyphs (land sculptures), each measuring up to 660 feet x 660 feet, are created on each site.

Since 1999, "Rhythms of Life" sites have been completed in Israel, Chile, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Australia, Iceland, China, India and Turkey.

The "Rhythms of Life", derived from his earlier bronze sculpture, and "Labyrinth" which is a symbol of contemplation associated with both the Hindu and Buddhist religions, are located in Jomsom, in the deepest gorge on earth. They face a sacred 7,000m snow covered mountain called Nilgiri, and are adjacent to the Kaligandaki River, one of the most famous rivers in Nepal, which becomes a raging torrent in monsoonal times and is held sacred by the local river people.

The third Geoglyph "Knot", which is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, was created in Pokhara, in the Seti Gorge.

These three Geoglyphs are connected by the idea of the Rhythms of Life and together form the tenth of the twelve sites, which are in the process of creation.

The construction of this segment of the Rhythms of Life project involved over 450 people from the local Nepalese community. The lines of the Geoglyphs stretch approximately 2550 metres and comprise over 4500 tonnes of rocks, which were shifted by hand. Lisa Choegyal and Carolyn Syangbo coordinated the Nepal logistical arrangements. By completion the project will have involved over 5,000 people on six continents.

"Geoglyphs constructed in desert and altiplano landscapes comprise my "Rhythms of Life" – metaphors for the eternal cycle of life, growth, and all the attendant emotions that colour human existence. They are optimistic symbols of life and regeneration – expressive and suggestive of human striving and introspection. Geoglyphs embrace a wide cultural vision linking history and heritage, and the pursuit of the spiritual," says Rogers.

Andrew Rogers is one of Australia's most distinguished contemporary sculptors with an international reputation. He exhibits internationally and his critically acclaimed sculptures are in numerous private and prominent public collections in Australia, S.E. Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States of America. He has received many international commissions and the eleventh segment of his Rhythms of Life project commences in mid May in Slovakia on the side of a 2500 year old Castle, with the assistance of hundreds of Romanian Gypsies.

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