Naqvi & Associates recently commissioned a high relief in stone inside the new Sindh Assembly building in Karachi, which is still under construction.
The concept behind the relief was to depict Sindh from ancient to recent times through imagery molded in stone.
The elements include the wheel, the dancing girl, the bull and the hieroglyphics from Mohenjo-daro, moving on to the dome of the Bhitshah mosque and the formation of the bridge, which illustrates modern architecture.
Crossing over the bridge brings you to the modern day where life is about technology. This includes, computer chips, sim cards, as well as the boat, which is an important element of Karachi, being a port city, along with the endangered species in our marine life – the turtles and the blind dolphin.
To bind the concept of the old and the new together, there is a hint of the galaxy near the top of the wall which shows that the old and the new all has it’s own dominant space within the universe.
This first relief inside the Sindh Assembly building is near completion and there is hope to see more of these carvings on other walls inside the building once it opens in 2015.
Text by Mahjabeen Mankani/Dawn.com