This site-specific work, involves wrapping a portion of the Museum’s staircase in red wool, engaging directly with its historic architecture. This temporary alteration of the staircase is an acknowledgement of the various transitions the museum has undergone since its conception, its various avatars and name changes, it evokes the award winning restoration, and its layered history as the city’s first museum and institution built after the Crown took over from the East India Company. The staircase represents a threshold, connecting two spaces, through which the artist draws metaphorical meanings of transformations and connections through time, of the past and the present. By treating the architecture as body, giving it a second skin, the artist further seeks to symbolise a dressing of the wounds and struggles of the past.

The work was featured as part of the exhibition 'Connecting Threads: Textiles in Contemporary Practice'. The exhibition was curated by Tasneem Zakaria Mehta and Puja Vaish and attempts to trace textile practices, traditions and histories in Contemporary Indian Art.


  • Title: Running Thread
  • Creator: Monali Meher
  • Date Created: 2018
  • Location: Musuem staircase railing
  • Type: Installation
  • Material: Red wool wrapped around staircase; Temporary site-specific installation

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