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Sunken Temple

Claude Debussy- La Cathedrale Engloutie

On seeing one of the temples on the banks of the Hampi River, the idea for this piece came to me. This particular temple, they said, was sinking. I rendered the drawing in charcoal. I also incorporated some calligraphy by including the ancient script that was engraved on the temple stone walls. I then placed the drawing in a water tank with coins and lit floating candles. I played music from Claude Debussy’s La Cathedrale Engloutie (The sunken cathedral). I hoped that this would help create a clear visual connection between the song and my piece.

Size of Drawing: 36” x 23”

Project Duration: 1 Month

Completed: October 2007

Media: Installation- Charcoal on paper, candles, coins, tray