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Subodh Kerkar

​"Human beings have nurtured the dream to fly since time immemorial. As a child I was fascinated by Aladdin’s flying carpet. I have created my flying carpet using recycled tyres working with my colleague Anil Kumbhar. It will not be an exaggeration to say that the world moves on tyres today. Airplanes are parked in a HANGAR. My flying carpet is on a Hanger!"

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In his artistic practice, Sudodh strives to work with a variety of materials, often incorporating recycled elements. Over the years, he has created works using discarded plastic water bottles, beer and soft drink cans, fragments of old wooden boats washed ashore, scrap material from shipyards, and remnants from other manufacturing units.

His journey with recycled rubber tyres began about ten years ago. While strolling through the market in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India, he discovered a shop selling products made from discarded tyres. Among the items were tyre strips used to create baskets for carrying bricks at construction sites, and rubber sheets repurposed into footwear for the impoverished. Intrigued by the potential of this material, he purchased some without any specific plan in mind. He decided to use the rubber to create a camel's foot, inspired by how tyres and camel soles both wear out on the roads of Rajasthan, where camels are still commonly used for pulling carts. 

He has since crafted numerous works using recycled tyres. Included here are images of some of these pieces, accompanied by relevant details for your reference. He plans to continue exploring this medium and is considering the creation of an entire room made from recycled tyres.

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The Flying Carpet on a hanger

Additional information 

Medium: Canvas, recycled tyres and metal hanger

Size: 213 cm x 107 cm (7 x 3.5 feet)

Year: 2024

Price: Rs. 8,00,000/- (Rupees Eight Lakh)

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