Nature in miniature

To fulfill its social responsibility and preserve natural resources, the Alhamra Art Gallery in Lahore organised a five-day exhibition of wire sculpture plants by Maryam Asim, entitled ‘Nature in Miniature,’ from Oct 6 to 10.

Syeda Zahra

2009-10-22

LAHORE — To fulfill its social responsibility and preserve natural resources, the Alhamra Art Gallery in Lahore organised a five-day exhibition of wire sculpture plants by Maryam Asim, entitled ‘Nature in Miniature,’ from Oct 6 to 10.

She chose the Japanese bonsai tree as her subject, and created works of wire art representing the different forms and shapes of nature.

“Wire sculpture has been considered a folk art for thousands of years,” she said. “I started creating wire pieces six years ago in Gujranwala. I now plan to open an art gallery and training centre at Skardu to renew education in the art form.”

She said “I was moved by the different shapes of trees, which symbolise beauty that is born out of differences and hardships. Being inspired from nature and focused on the gifts of nature, I chose to create miniature models of plants and trees by assembling refined metal wires with stones, beads, clay, broken mirror pieces and various metal objects.”

"An artist taps into the soul of nature, channeling its spirit through his or her hands to create art,” said Ambreen, a visitor and miniature artist. “Asim’s wire sculptures emanate spirit for all to experience the beauty of nature and enjoy."

“The exhibition is a nudge to slumbering minds and may also provide us with an opportunity to reinvigorate efforts for the sake of protection of the earth from deforestation and environmental imbalance,” said Ujala, a visitor and student.

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