The interesting part of the assignment for Samode Safari Lodge was to identify crafts suitable for the Safari theme. I wanted to work with sheet metal workers from Chattisgarh and this proved to be a good opportunity.
The animal figures would work well i thought, by enlarging the scale for exteriors. I worked on sketches based on their existing forms like a hunting party, peacocks, deer and some interesting hybrids combining animal and man.
Shankarlal Vishwakarma, a black metal craftsperson from Chattisgarh worked me on the project and produced these pieces.