The recently installed, Riyaz Komu's new work 'Fourth World' now adorns the porch of iconic library building at Shiv Nadar University. The three terracotta sculptures of four lions sitting on their haunches, mounted a top a teak-and-rosewood box is a reflection on the changing Indian state and social environment. The sculpture is made of terracotta, recycled wood, electrical motor and rubber, and is inspired by the Indian emblem, which was adapted from the Ashoka Lion Capital when the nation became republic on 26 January 1950. The lions symbolize the Buddhist core of the Ashoka Lion Capital. When the sculpture swirls, the fourth lion starts missing. The contemporary artist - Komu explains, the disappearing act of the fourth lion thus: It is the fourth dimension that goes missing when the sculpture starts to rotate. It makes one aware of the unseen forces that are at play, which we are aware of but are unable to control. The missing fourth lion signifies those unseen forces that drive us, dictating life around us, deciding our individual destiny and collective fate.
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