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Massive Mushroom Cloud Made of Kitchen Utensils

New Delhi-based Indian artist Subodh Gupta's sculptural installation titled Line of Control mimics the dismaying mushroom cloud that forms from the deployment of nuclear warfare, most historically recognized from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The piece features 26 tons worth of stainless steel utensils, including spoons, cans, pots, and pans.

While we're most familiar with the nuclear explosions in Japan, the interdisciplinary sculptor's powerful work seeks to draw attention to a massive issue with global significance. The title Line of Control also alludes to the Indian-Pakastani border of military control at the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. In an interview with Daily Mail, Gupta says “In 1999 I made the first drawing of a mushroom cloud when India and Pakistan were on the brink of a nuclear war. They were having conversations like how many people were going to die if India used its nuclear power. It chilled my heart.”

Ultimately, the artist criticizes the use of atomic weapons with his towering installation that took seven days to install. LOC is currently on display at Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and open for the public to view.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Kevin Frayer
Subodh Gupta on Hauser & Wirth
via [Design You Trust, Daily Mail]


Pinar Noorata is the Managing Editor at My Modern Met. She is a writer, editor, and content creator based in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her BA in Film and Media Studies from CUNY Hunter College and is an alumni of the Center for Arts Education’s Career Development Program in NYC. She has worked at major TV, film, and publishing companies as well as other independent media businesses. When she isn’t writing, editing, or creating videos herself, Pinar enjoys watching movies, reading, crafting, drawing, and volunteering at her local animal shelter.
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