suspended organic and floral sculptures in a lush green conservatory

“Cloud songs on the horizon” (2023). All images are installation views of ‘Ranjani Shettar: Cloud songs on the horizon,’ Barbican Conservatory, © Max Colson, Barbican Art Gallery, courtesy of Barbican Centre, KNMA, Ranjani Shettar, shared with permission

Emerging from the lush, jungle-like conservatory at the Barbican is a collection of otherworldly sculptures that transform the venue into a site of metamorphosis. Largely made of muslin, reclaimed teak, and steel, the works were born in the rural Karnataka, India, studio of artist Ranjani Shettar, whose interest in nature’s resilience and adaptation is on full display at the iconic London space.

Shettar is known for her use of organic and industrial materials that she fashions into delicate, sometimes abstract, sculptures. In her solo exhibition titled Cloud songs on the horizon at the Barbican, the artist suspends pieces that appear like seed pods, plants, and other organisms within the 23,000-square-foot space. As viewers move along the pathways, the works seem to morph into different creatures and reflect the ways changes occur over time.

The Barbican’s glass ceiling plays a crucial role, as well, as it shifts perspectives depending on the time of day. Shettar softly illuminates some of the works when under the dark cover of night, adding that “natural light had to become an active ingredient of the sculpture-making, not a passive (one) that would happen later on. I had to consider it as a medium itself,” she says.

Cloud songs on the horizon is on view through March, and you can find more of Shettar’s works from Talwar Gallery.

 

botanical, organic sculptures suspended in a lush, green conservatory

“In the thick of the twilight” (2023)

viewers look at botanical, organic sculptures suspended in a lush, green conservatory

“In the thick of the twilight” (2023)

a viewer looks at botanical, organic sculptures suspended in a lush, green conservatory

“Cloud songs on the horizon” (2023)

three flower sculptures in a lush, green conservatory

Detail of “Cloud songs on the horizon” (2023)

botanical, organic sculptures suspended in a lush, green conservatory with a water fountain in the foreground

“Moon dancers” (2023)

botanical, organic sculptures suspended in a lush, green conservatory

Detail of “Moon dancers” (2023)

white and yellow paper sculptures

Detail of “Cloud songs on the horizon” (2023)

illuminated sculptures suspended in a dark conservatory

“In the Wings of Crescent Moons” (2023)

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