Sculpture to reflect honesty of Kozhikode

Kozhikode, historically known as the ‘city of truth’, will soon have a sculpture that will precisely mirror the honesty of its citizens, at the Mananchira Square. A stone sculpture named “Give If You Can - Take If You Have To,” by the renowned Polish-American artist and sculptor Jacek Tylicki has been installed at the Square and it will be unveiled by the artist himself in December.

Uday Hue, a Dubai-based art photographer hailing from Kozhikode who was instrumental in bringing the famous artist and his work to the city, told The Hindu that Mr. Tylicki already had sculptures with the same title installed in different parts of the world, including in the city of Dublin in Ireland.

Looks like a stone bowl

The sculpture, which basically looks like a stone bowl, is unique for the fantastic philosophy it shares with its viewers. With a total size of one cubic metre, the bowl has a tiny hole at its centre for water to drain down. It urges the viewer to be charitable with whatever he or she has and leave it for people, who need it. “It can be a fruit, a note, a currency or a kiss,” says Mr. Uday.

According to Mr. Tylicki, it will be the real culture and character of a city that will be reflected in the way the people engage with the sculpture, says Mr. Uday. The minimum quality to deal with this artistic creation, he says, is honesty. Besides a charitable utility, the work also creatively challenges the traditional ways of looking at art. The sculpture was being installed in the city with the complete support of the authorities, including Mayor A.K. Premajam and the District Collector.

It was Mr. Uday who introduced the city and its characters to the artist, based on which a “city-specific” version of the sculpture was prepared

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