The Indian captain Virat Kohli is in sublime form and is smashing records all over the world. As a tribute to the Indian captain, Mumbai artist has created a huge mosaic art of the Indian skipper using clay lamps aka diyas ahead of the captain’s birthday. The giant artwork, measuring 9.5 by 14 ft, has been created at a shopping complex in Navi Mumbai and has left people bemused by the striking resemblance and intricacies.
“Virat [Kohli] is shining like a bright light at the moment and with the Diwali approaching, I thought this would be an apt way to pay tribute,” curator and artist Abaasaheb Shewale told indianexpress.com. “As his birthday is on November 5 and that is also the day Diwali is starting this year, it felt the right thing to do,” said the 31-year-old artist, who specialises in push-pin mosaic artwork and pencil sketch.
It took 4482 clay diyas and the help of five other artists to recreate the ace batsman’s portrait. “I sourced the clay lamps from the market and painted them all by myself. But as we had to assemble the entire portrait in a night, six of us had to pitch in to finish it on time,” Shewale said.
Claiming that it is ‘world’s largest Diya mosaic art’, Shewale said he has also notified Guinness Book of World Records and are waiting for an official confirmation.