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The Times Of India
22nd November, 2019 08:01 IST

Lunar Dome of 25.6m diameter is now free for all to witness in Mumbai

Thanks to the fabulous efforts by Asian Paints & Sideways with St+art India Foundation, a huge ‘Lunar Dome’ is now open for visitors at Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai, India. Paying a fabulous tribute to the team at ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) for their Chandrayaan missions, a colossal Lunar Dome of 25.6m diameter or a Moon installation has been unveiled at Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai.

Visitors can now visit the iconic Nehru Planetarium to witness the Lunar Dome in all its glory. To celebrate the human spirit of scientific inquiry and as a tribute to the achievements of ISRO, the dome of Nehru Planetarium will now appear like the moon.

Patrons often throng Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai to watch awe-inspiring space installations and to attend astronomical events that spark people’s interest in science and space. With efforts from renowned Gulammahmad Bukhari who also goes by the name Sharad from Sharad Art (Rajkot), assisted by Kadari Alammiya and Munir Abdulrashul Bukhari, the Lunar Dome now can be witnessed in all its glory, thanks to the collaborative work by Asian Paints & Sideways with St+art India Foundation.

The Lunar Dome is up for viewing for the next few months and indeed, it is one of the biggest moon installations that has been ever created in India. A viewing gallery has also been set up at the Nehru Center for a seamless viewing experience. Good news is that the entry to view this is free from 11 am to 9:30 pm, on all days of the week. Enthusiasts will find many reasons to praise the work of the artists on their successful attempt to capture the Moon in all its might, providing a glimpse of the Southern Hemisphere as well.

Mr. Arvind Paranjype, Director, Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai said, “I am quite delighted to see the art work that has come up in collaboration of Sideways & St+art and supported by Asian Paints Ltd. Just like undying spirit of ISRO, team of these young professionals worked diligently to bring to reality their dream 'a tribute to ISRO' in a unique mannerr.”

Hanif Kureshi, Artist and Creative Director of St+art India Foundation said, “Painter Sharad is one of the very finest spray painters from Rajkot. We invited him to work on this structure as he specializes in creating planets and galaxies. The biggest challenge of the project was to paint a moon on such a space and scale. We had to install over 2500 bamboos to make the scaffolding to reach the top. The rain also played a huge part in this challenge.” St+art India Foundation is an organization formed on the principle of ‘Art for All’ and works on art projects in public spaces.

Mr. Abhijit Avasthi, Founder, Sideways said, “ISRO, with its ingenious approach, has always taken on complex and challenging missions, even with limited resources. They have been a huge inspiration to all of us. So much so that at Sideways, we have dedicated a room in our office to them. The Lunar Dome is a small gesture from our side, to thank them for the pride they bring to each and every Indian. It was rather fulfilling to collaborate with Asian Paints and St+art India who shared the same enthusiasm for the initiative.” Sideways is a one of its kind creative problem-solving outfit. It is a team of behavioural architects, techies, product designers, brand strategists, digital media specialists, writers and many others, that come together to put together right-brain solutions across domains.

Mr. Amit Syngle, COO, Asian Paints Ltd. said, “We are thrilled to partner with Sideways & St+art once again on this special project at Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai. It is our tribute to the brilliant scientists and researchers at ISRO on the historic Chandrayaan 2 mission. It was a significant milestone in India’s space journey and we are very proud of them. With the creation of this Lunar Dome, we hope to give visitors a small experience of the Moon in all its glory. We at Asian Paints wish ISRO many successful missions in the future, to the moon and beyond.”

About Asian Paints Limited:

Asian Paints is India’s leading paint company and ranked among the top ten Decorative coatings companies in the world with a consolidated turnover of Rs. 19,349.84 crores (Rs. 193.50 billion). Asian Paints along with its subsidiaries have operations in 15 countries across the world with 26 paint manufacturing facilities, servicing consumers in over 65 countries through Asian Paints Berger, SCIB Paints – Egypt, Apco Coatings, Taubmans, Kadisco and Causeway. Asian Paints is also present in the Home Improvement and Décor space in India through Sleek (Kitchens) and Ess Ess (Bath Fittings).

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Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of Asian Paints by Times Internet’s Brandwire team.

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