Thursday 16th May 2024
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British Tamil artist Murugiah launches his first UK art installation

Murugiah’s first public art sculpture has opened in London’s Greenwich Square, a stone’s throw away from the 02.

The award-winning British interdimensional artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage, was born in England and raised in Wales, and is now based in London.

His new 3D light installation titled Rangoli Mirrored Cosmos, was commissioned by Greenwich Peninsula as part of the London Design Festival. It launched on the 16th September in the lead up to celebrating Diwali / Deepavali, and will be available to interact with for a year.

Rangoli Mirrored Cosmos is a vivid and engaging artwork exploring the connections and juxtapositions of the artist’s Western birth and upbringing with his South Asian heritage.

It takes as its starting point the Hindu tradition of rangoli – colourful, intricate mandala designs painted onto the floors of house openings on festive or auspicious occasions – but rises out of the ground as a modern, mirrored light sculpture.

A programme of activities will celebrate South Asian Heritage and encourage visitors to interact with the artwork.

Murugiah trained as an architect in London before choosing his current creative path, specialising in Fine art, illustration, art direction, typography and design. Today, he makes psychedelic work infused with the dichotomy of his Sri Lankan heritage and western upbringing. All made in a surreal, joyful, style using bright bold colours and detailed graphical compositions.