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Photos: 18 colossal sculptures renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta has created using cooking utensils and everyday steel objects

Photos: 18 colossal sculptures renowned Indian artist Subodh Gupta has created using cooking utensils and everyday steel objects

Artist Subodh Gupta uses cooking utensils to show the economic transformation of his homeland over the years.

Delhi based artist Subodh Gupta is best known for incorporating everyday objects found in every home in India into his sculptures. From stainless steel tiffin boxes to bicycles, the sculptor has included them all in his artwork that has found its place in the Saatchi Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.Through the use of ordinary items, the sculptor aims to reflect the economic transformation of his homeland. In one of his recent works 'Line of Control', he used Indian cooking utensils to create a huge sculpture made entirely of pots and pans. The artist has previously also used cow dung in his work. At his exhibition 'Everything Is Inside' at National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi, he created a colossal banyan tree made of polished, reflective steel on the lawn, with its branches curving into roots with clusters of steel utensils.His oil painting 'Saat Samundar Paar' sold for Rs. 34 million at an auction. The artist also raised Rs. 34.3 million along with other artists for Bihar flood victims in 2008. These are some of the most incredible works of the sculptor that have been on display in Indian and international museums.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 28: Artwork by Subodh Gupta is shown on display at ‘The Empire Strikes Back - Indian Art Today’ at the Saatchi Gallery on January 28, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘Cheap Rice’ (L) goes on show at Sotheby’s on October 8, 2012 in London, England. Estimated at £200,000 - 300,000 the work forms part of Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening sale in London on October 12. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘ Guard’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: A visitor looks at Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘ This is not a Fountain ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India.. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘ Thoda pani ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘ Two Bullets ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘Everything is Inside’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘ Faith Matters ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘Dada’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘ Transit ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s installation ‘ My Mother And Me ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: A visitor looks at Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘ Mind Shut Down’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s sculpture ‘Ray’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta in front of the sculpture ‘Thoda pani’ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India.. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists.The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 09: The artist Subodh Gupta of India stands next to the installation ‘Season’ (2008-13, painted bronze mangoes and found sewing maschine) at the ‘Subodh Gupta. Everything is Inside’ exhibition preview on September 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Subodh Gupta attained international fame with his large-scale installations of shiny stainless steel vessels and his sculptures consisting of countless worn-out dishes and other items of everyday use in India. The MMK ‘Museum fuer Moderne Kunst’ is now staging the artists most extensive solo presentation in Europe to date with sculptures, paintings, videos and performative works from all phases of his career. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

LONDON - JUNE 06: In this photo illustration, a Christie’s employee observes a sculpture called Untitled made of stainless steel utensils and steel by artist Subodh Gupta at Christie’s auction house on June 6, 2008 in London, England. Christie’s auction house in South Kensington is hosting a celebration of South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art in June 2008. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 16: Indian artist Subodh Gupta’s ‘ Orange Thing ‘ that is part of Gupta’s first major museum show in New Delhi, ‘Everything Is Inside’ at National Gallery of Modern Art on January 16, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The exhibition traces Gupta’s career from his upbringing in the rural province of Bihar to his rise to prominence as one of India’s foremost contemporary artists. The show draws together his varied body of work including painting sculpture, video and (Photo by Graham Crouch Getty Images for Subodh Gupta/Hauser & Wirth )

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 09: A visitor takes pictures of the installation ‘All the Same Boat’ (2012-13) at the ‘Subodh Gupta. Everything is Inside’ exhibition preview on September 9, 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Subodh Gupta attained international fame with his large-scale installations of shiny stainless steel vessels and his sculptures consisting of countless worn-out dishes and other items of everyday use in India. The MMK ‘Museum fuer Moderne Kunst’ is now staging the artists most extensive solo presentation in Europe to date with sculptures, paintings, videos and performative works from all phases of his career. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

first published:October 07, 2014, 13:17 IST