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Coronation Park sculptures

In 2017 a series of sculptures by the Raqs Media Collective LinkExternal link went on display at the Whitworth Art Gallery, three at the front of the gallery and the fourth in the park at the rear.

Delhi's Coronation Park was built in 1877 to proclaim Queen Victoria as Empress of India. Today it houses the relics of the Imperial statuary that were once installed in the avenues of British India's capital - New Delhi. A suite of four figures - Empty, Truncated, Disfigured and Bending, on or beside plinths, quotes the hubris of Coronation Park drawing from George Orwell's text in "Shooting the Elephant", and speaks of the ephemerality and hollowness of pomp, circumstance and power.

The works were first exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2015. After the exhibition in Manchester, the fourth piece remained on permanent display in Whitworth Park.
by Gerald England

Created: Mon, 7 May 2018, Updated: Mon, 7 May 2018


16 images use this description:

SJ8495 : Empty: Front View by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Truncated: Front View by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Bending in Whitworth Park by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Disfigured: Rear View by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Whitworth Art Gallery by habiloid
SJ8495 : Disfigured, Empty and Truncated by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Bending Figure in Whitworth Park by David Dixon
SJ8495 : But he did not want to shoot the elephant by David Dixon
SJ8495 : Bending in Whitworth Park by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Bending in Whitworth Park by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Disfigured: Front View by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Empty: Rear View by Gerald England
SJ8495 : One Could Have Imagined Him Thousands of Years Old by David Dixon
SJ8495 : Bending in Whitworth Park by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Bending in Whitworth Park by Gerald England
SJ8495 : Truncated: Rear View by Gerald England


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