22 November 2018
Bhubaneswar: Konark, the only UNESCO-recognised World Heritage Site in Odisha, always remains the enigma among the engineering brains as it represented the typical architectural and engineering ideas of the architects of ancient Kalinga.
Taking the same momentum a little forward, architect Nuru Karim has designed a steel sculpture ‘The Rath’ at Biju Patnaik Park in the State Capital. It draws inspiration from the Sun Temple of Konark which represents the epitome of Odishan temple building tradition and engineering ideas in a challenging location on-sea near Chandrabhaga.
Built in the form of a giant ornamented wheel chariot, a ‘rath’ of the Sun God, Surya, the temple has 12 pairs of carved stone wheels, some of which are 3 meters high, creating a sense of motion. With its WHS status, the temple remains a constant source of pride for the people of the State.
`The Rath’, the steel monument with a community connect derives its ideology from the perennial motion of the Sun and the temple architecture dedicated to it.
The structure with a height of 5 metres and width of 10 metres will be Tata Steel’s ode to Odisha in order to celebrate the long-standing association of the industrial giant as it has been a companion through the times and tides with the industrial evolution of the region, which is also blessed with a natural deposit of India’s best kept mineral wealth.