Cellular Fission, Kalaghoda Arts Festival 2013, Mumbai

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an annual festival, held in late January or early February, in the Kala Ghoda area of South Mumbai, India.

From its inception in 1999, the Festival has grown in stature and popularity, attracting visitors and participants from other parts of the country, and the world.

The Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association (a non-profit organisation that states its objectives as “physically upgrading the Kala Ghoda sub-precinct and making it the Art District of Mumbai”.

The sub-festivals feature the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, lectures, seminars and workshops, heritage walks, special events for children, and a vibrant street festival.

Photo Credit (Above) – Soumya Raja

Photo Credit (Above) – Tapan Maharishi

‘Cellular Fission’ is a canopy structure that has been inspired from origami master, Kunihiko Kasahara,’s ‘Bird Tetrahedron’ model. The slit and insertion method of the assembly enables a limitless kind of reproduction – reproduction, similar to cellular fission. The structural system derived makes possible for dynamic and free growth.

The canopy structure covers an area of over 150 sft, comprised of modular panels. The modules are made from a weather-resistant and eco-friendly stone paper, challenging possibilities of paper as an outdoor building material. The installation form explores spanning and vertical possibilities of the evolved system with some multi-level growth

Through a combination of public participation and origami workshops for students, over 1500 tetrahedron modules were folded and assembled for the installation. Workshops were held in public parks, colleges and at the Kalaghoda festival venue.Over 100 people, the youngest being of age 6 to the oldest being 77, contributed to the folding and assembly proces.

Photo Credit (Above) – Rishi Raj Barpujari, Siddhant Shah, Ridhesh Sanghavi

Project Team: Arjun Rathi
Prachi Sanghvi

Sponsors: Kyoorius – Sponsor for stone paper
Healthspring – Sponsor for partial structural costs

Year Completed: 2013

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