The Pyramid Project

Mixed Media Installation

Marc Lee has built a pyramid for meditation and resting with the help of local people. The pyramid is made of recycled material and completely covered by shiny plastic waste, murmuring in the wind and providing shadow.

Fascination
I’m fascinated by the people who live at Janakiraman Layout, behind the Banaswadi Railway Station. The place is full of energy: smell of wood smoke, cowshit, cold mornings, hot chai, laughing eyes, beggars poorly clothed and beggars in suits, colorful saris. what a place it is.

Playing Children
Children at Janakiraman Layout

Inspiration
I get inspired by the colorful bags like candy-, shampoo-, salt-, chips-, coffee bags which are hanging in lines in small stores. By collecting the empty bags we are cleaning the ground. By using the empty bag we recycle them. By sewing them onto the pyramid, we are giving it a coat and at the same time it’s getting transformed into something new.
The place were the pyramid stands was full of this bags. Now they are still there in a new form and reflecting the original space in a new way.

Shop selling tea-, tobacco-bags...
Inspirations from hanging bags

Shop seller hidden by bags
Shop seller hidden by bags

Empty bags everywhere
Empty bags are everywhere

Empty bags everywhere
Really everywhere

Permission
Sign the permission
Permission from the railway department

Pyramid permission
After six times visiting the office

Transport
Horse caring the wood
Wood transport, use horse for lower price

Horse caring the wood

Horse caring the wood

Cleaning
Cleaning the space
Cleaning the space

Cleaning the bags
Collecting and cleaning the bags

Building the pyramid beside the railway line
Train and Pyramid
Building the pyramid beside the railway line

Don't forget to smile

Hanging up the bags
Hanging up the bags

Finale sewing
Finale sewing

Pyramid is finished
Finished!

A pyramid is a very static, stiff and silent object. The hanging bags are moving, vital and murmuring in the wind. This to opposite characteristics coming together, inter-weaving, and something new appears.

Opening and initiation ceremony
Initiation ceremony
Initiation ceremony by Hindu Priest

Hindu Pries covered with bags
Hindu Pries covered with bags

Free meal as par of the opening
Free meal as part of the opening

Free meal as par of the opening
Free meal as part of the opening

Children are eating
Eating

Children are eating from one plat
Not enough plats

Meditation and Yoga
It is believed, while meditating in a Pyramid you get most cosmic energy. At the same time it is good place to relax, to find same shadow and to tell stories.

Meditation classes
Meditation classes

Yoga classes
Maybe to young – let’s do yoga

Other uses of the pyramid
Resting
Resting

Telling stories
Telling stories

Thinking about the future houses
Thinking about the future houses

Inspired by the pyramid
Inspired by the pyramid
Inspired by the pyramid

Model of a future classroom
Model of a future classroom

Model of a future classroom
Another beautiful model of a future classroom

Press

Pyramid beside Banaswadi Railway Station Bangalore - Press
Deccan Herald Sunday, March 15, 2009