Your essential travelling companion: the little book of portable pop-up altars

7 02 2010

On Friday we visited Whitechapel Gallery to view the excellent Where Three Dreams Cross exhibition of photographs from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Whilst in the bookshop buying the exhibition catalogue, I came across a rather different approach to South Asia: Hindu Altars, A Pop-Up Gallery.

In a robust portable form the book contains pop-up altars for Lakshmi, Shiva, Durga and Ganesha. This is a fine example of a pop-up or ‘movable book’ with the paper engineering done by Bruce Foster and the art by Pieter Weltevrede. If you want to know more about movable books then there is a good history of the subject from the University of North Texas or our earlier post on music and the art of papercraft.

The Mantra of Lakshmi
to increase prosperity, abundance, purity and grace
to increase prosperity, abundance, purity and grace

The Mantra of Shiva
to annihilate delusions and false views
to annihilate delusions and false views

The Mantra of Durga
to protect from fears and grant success
to protect from fears and grant success

The Mantra of Ganesha
to bestow the wisdom, courage and confidence to start new enterprises
to bestow the wisdom, courage and confidence to start new enterprises

– words & photos by Paul

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