AWA Anecdotes l Project Series l 002 l The Tree of Life
The Tree of Life at Brigade Gateway
At AWA, we firmly believe in thought collaboration with our clients in creating a superior project. When the client(owner/ architect) trusts your professional opinion and honesty, magic can happen. We also take this responsibility very seriously, in being there for our clients and not doing our best to meet and exceed expectations.
We had a very successful collaboration with our clients at Brigade (Mr. Jaishankar, Manjunath Prasad and Team) and the landscape architects, Terra Firma (Rohit Marol) on this project. During the early stages of the Brigade Gateway Complex construction in 2010, we were walking the 40 acre site with the client and design team. While on the residential podium, and looking towards the mall, the buildings and landscape created an axial relationship with the focal point being a 30 meter tall wall which was 80m long. It was a great visual bookend of sorts, not just from the residential podium but also from the lakeside. This was a perspective not looked at during the project development.
It was clearly an important wall from a lighting standpoint. If handled properly, this 2500 SQM wall could provide a tremendous opportunity for public art, and become a catalyst for the community during day as well as night. We suggested activating the façade with a relief element that will have a presence during the day, and a visual draw at night. We could then use lighting to bring the artwork alive at night, so the entire façade would be active throughout the day. We wondered if the tree of life- poetically translated into a contemporary motif could work. “With branches that reach into the sky, roots that delve into the earth and a trunk and leaves that offer sheltering embrace, the Tree of Life is a symbol of the interconnectedness of all life on our planet.”¹
The idea was discussed and we were requested to provide a sketch of how it could work. This was then developed by the client and Michael Foley, a gifted product designer who also worked on other parts of this project, and after substantial hard work and funds, this masterpiece was unveiled at the time of the opening- a valuable addition to this project and society at large. We need to sincerely thank the client, Brigade Group, for backing this project, for their vision, and for really being a patron of the arts. Clearly, without their support this Relief/ Mural wall would not have been built, and this is especially relevant since this was undertaken by them without any direct financial returns.
Would it not be wonderful if many more developers kept aside a percentage for public art on their projects? This, in relation to building envy, will be a topic for a subsequent blog.
Written By: Abhay Wadhwa
Reference 1: AWA- Brigade Nesletter- The Mural Article-Nov 2011