Personal blogs from abroad students at L'École de design Nantes Atlantique
17 juil 2017
The Public Art Intervention project aims to convey messages to…

The Public Art Intervention project aims to convey messages to the people of Leh, related to environmental, cultural and social issues – for example the transformation of the old town – that can resonate worldwide.

The medium used to convey these messages belong to Ladakh; the content is rooted in the local context and expressed in a way that reaches the universal.
The two iconic resources of Ladakh employed in the project are the white clay soil - mar kalak in Ladakhi language – and the Buddhist prayer flags.

The mar kalak is used in traditional building technology to plaster the internal and external walls of mud and stone houses. It protects them from rain and snow fall and acts as insulation. People traditionally apply new coats of mar kalak plaster every year after winter; it is a way of taking care of the house.
The Buddhist prayer flags – or mane flags – have become a symbol of Ladakh; it is the souvenir people take back with them from their trip and then adorn their interiors, cars, bikes, etc.

The Public Art Intervention project is looking at these flags with an interest free from their religious connotation or meaning, free from their rather new decorative value. The reason for using the mane flags comes from the very beautiful idea that the mantras written on them are blowing in the wind and anyone feeling this wind receives the blessing it carries along.

Both iconic resources of the place, mar kalak and mane flags are employed in the project as means to express a message; their original function is adapted for a new purpose. This message conveyed through the artwork thrives to raise awareness on a few issues from Leh, which also echo around the world. Binded by a hopeful note, the message is spread throughout the town to directly reach the inhabitants and visitors of Leh