Harper's Bazaar March 2016 - Page 196

HOT LIST Bazaar ALEJANDRO ARAVENA, ARCHITECT Stephen Cox Patra, at the Jamali Kamali Gardens, Qutub Minar, New Delhi STEPHEN COX, SCULPTOR With his latest work, master sculptor Stephen Cox turned a corner of London into a place resonant of Indian culture and heritage. The site: The mews at St James Square, where Edwin Lutyens laid out the plans for New Delhi. The piece: A sculpture embedded into the plynth of a building, suggestive of rock-cut temple figures in Ajanta, Ellora, and Mahabalipuram—the kind of reference that would have influenced Lutyens. “We share a cultural past wherever we’re from,” says the award-winning British artist, who has operated a studio in Mahabalipuram,Tamil Nadu, for over three decades, inspired by the possibility to work with carvers in antique Indian traditions. Now, he’s working to organise an exhibition in India to mark his 30 years working in the country. Exploring this connection has guided his monolithic sculptures over the years, ever since he created his first piece in India in 1989—sculptures of Ganpati and Devi made of black basalt culled from the quarries in Mahabalipuram. These pieces, about 10 tons each, were recent