Udupi: A public sculpture 'The Earth' was inaugurated at the Dr TMA Pai Planetarium Complex in Manipal on Friday by Vasanti R Pai, wife of MAHE Chancellor, Dr Ramdas M Pai.
The sculpture is commissioned and donated by the K K Hebbar Art Foundation to Manipal Academy of Higher Education. Chitranjan Moharana, an emerging artist from Odissa, sculpted it in Makrana, Rajasthan out of white marble and transported it to Manipal.
Rekha Rao, trustee of the foundation, said, "It was after a thoughtful selection by its jury from a series of entries from various artists across the country that Chitranjan's sculpture was picked to be brought here."
Two new paintings were also gifted on the occasion by Narayan Hebbar, celebrated artist K K Hebbar's nephew. "The inspiration and concept behind the sculpture was to bring into light the various distresses that are afflicting this earth from an ecologically conscious perspective," said art historian Rajani Prasanna. Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MAHE also spoke on the occasion.