LN Tallur’s sculpture draws on the cyclical view of time in Indian traditions. Here, Shiva appears to be entombed in a ball of concrete and money. Perhaps intimating that these are the new gods of time and destruction, or that there is no god inside at all? ‘Unicode’ is the script used by computer platforms all over the world suggesting the potential for globalisation to reduce us all to sameness. Yet despite the universal pervasiveness of money and concrete, in its packaging of history and memory, Unicode’s remains unmistakably Indian.


  • Title: Unicode (on loan)
  • Creator: L. N. Tallur
  • Date Created: AD 2011
  • Physical Dimensions: 183 x 152 x 117 cm
  • Subject Keywords: India & the World, IatW
  • Original Source: Kiran Nadar Museum
  • Medium: Bronze, coins and concrete
  • Province: India
  • Accession ID: 33SCLNT001

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