Darda, who is also a Member of Parliament, commissioned two sculptures with important news industry themes from artist Kiran Adate.
The “Freedom of Press” sculpture (pictured) has been carved out of a monolithic block of black marble mined in Bhaislana, a village in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan.
The size and weight of the marble block was such that Adate decided to chisel out the basic form of the sculpture in the mine itself.
After two months of work in the mine, the marble block was transported to its current location at Butibori in Nagpur, Maharashtra where the final “detailing” was done during a six month period. The sculpture stands seven feet tall and is installed on a three foot high black granite block.
Darda also commissioned a sculpture of a critical cog in the wheel of the news industry – the newspaper hawker or delivery boy. Both sculptures were unveiled late last year.
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