Everyone knows natural sand sculptures. But have you ever seen characters and animals…made of sugar cane? Do not miss an open air, original and free of charge exhibition at l’Aventure du Sucre in Beau Plan. You will never look at the sugar cane the same way again!
This art project was born out of a partnership between The British Council, the School of Fine Arts - Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI) and l'Aventure du Sucre, with the support of Terra Group. It aims to promote education and creativity.
Supervised by their teachers, Ms. Nalini Gopaul, Mr. Nirmal Hurry, Mr. Meckhrajsingh Purmah, Mr. Krishna Lutchoomun and Miss Nooreen Lallmamode, a group of fine arts students from the MGI gave free rein to their imagination. They developed multiple skills to create these works. It took them several weeks of hard work - design, research, implementation and production - to turn canes, sugarcane flowers, stems, sugarcane scum, roots and straws -provided by Terragri and Terragen – into lively sculptures.
They produced the sculptures at the Beau Plan Creative Zone Workshop. These young artists use creativity to achieve these originals, unique and astonishing sculptures. The latter are made of wire mesh, filled and covered with leaves, straws and cane stems.
These ephemeral vegetal creations, which seem to come to life in the gardens of l'Aventure du Sucre, remind us that human being is also made of nature. The art students offer us a poetic promenade through their imagination.
• At the entrance to the site, a crouching woman emerges from huge bales of cane straw. The budding artist underlines the vulnerability of people subjected to food addiction and compulsive overeating to ease anxiety. She has modelled round shapes to evoke the food that locks her in this addiction. This harmful relationship constitutes a vicious circle between pleasure and self-destruction.
Title of the work: “Consumerism” by Meshika Ranloll
• A little further on, the scenery changes to a world of delicacy: flying majestic tail straws welcome the visitor. Their elegant silhouettes, highlighted by long strands at their tail, hover gracefully above our heads. While not an endemic species to the island, this bird is nonetheless iconic! It symbolizes freedom but also wild nature which must be preserved at all costs.
Title of the work: “Grace” by Haajra Hosany.
• Next to the birds, a man is sucked into the gigantic pipe of a steam engine, by its braids, an emblem of resistance and a source of strength. In a journey of suffering, he struggles against the futility of material goods and aspires to a simpler and more essential life.
Title of the work: "Ephemeral" by Goolzar Toolsinath.
• At the back of the garden, a straw statue sat at the top of a century-old locomotive. The man wears a Mauritian flag and seems to lead the country to a future destination, full of promise. It symbolizes the best of the Mauritian spirit: entrepreneurial people, united and resolutely turned towards the future.
Title of the work: "Unity" by Tarun Kumar Mantadin.
• Another man climbs the huge wheel of the old steam boiler, half buried in the ground, to reach the top. He hangs on with all his strength to avoid falling. He seeks to move forward at all costs because he knows that the summit will rekindle his deepest feelings of victory and after the grueling ascent. Title of the work: “Life is an ongoing process” by Seeboruth Chandrama Devi.
• Not far away, a scene strikes the spectator: a cheerful dog, his paws upwards, looks at two women. It feels like joining in the party launched by the ladies. These sega dancers share their energies, their balances, their strengths and lead us into a dance of life.
Title of the work: "Amalgamation" by Jahree Jasheeta Sharma and Adrien Mascareigne
• An impressive snail woman walks slowly but surely in the garden. It is both a symbol of slowness and perseverance and a symbol of the permanence despite flight of time of time and the fluctuations of change.
Title of the work: "Free Soul" by Ramkhalawon Keshika.
• Hidden behind a baobab tree, a man spreads his wings, full of power. He is about to leave earth and achieve the dream to fly! Human being has constantly rise above his chains, like slaves in colonial times, and try to go higher in order to reborn and perhaps reach eternity.
Title of the work: “Freedom” by Rayan Samuel Uckoor
This set of 8 sculptures, harmoniously anchored in the tropical gardens of l'Aventure du Sucre, highlights the creativity and know-how of these students of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, school of Fine Arts. It is also an example of a constructive partnership between the British Council, a public institution of the United Kingdom, The Mahatma Gandhi Institute (MGI), a public tertiary education institution, and l'Aventure du Sucre, a private heritage institution. By joining forces, and with the support of the Terra group, these three institutions give young talented people the opportunity to showcase their works to both Mauritians and tourists visiting L'Aventure du Sucre.