19 June 2018
Architectural Association, London
Prajapati’s Painted Bodhi will be the first temple to be painted in three-dimensional space. The paint will be able to support its own weight, thus defying gravity. The project is about immersing into the VR space and calibrating with the 10 Axis Robot arms: to learn a new craftsmanship that can progress our learning of architecture (with more rapid feedback), cutting out the middle man by reaching out into the hands of the end user, the Shilpakar craftsmen of Prajapati.
Indeed, Kathmandu is the city of Temples, and the Boudhanath stupa is the largest temple of Paint. Here, paint is stored and ritualised in the step-wells (a socio-economic hierarchical caste device). Prajapati’s Bodhi will be coated with intricate Jhya fenestrations, Naga serpentius joinery and Kashthamandapa timber frames.
“We want to paint the world” (Luc Vincent)
In the past, sculptures and drawings were two separate entities, until now. We no longer need to begin with the flatland screen (Edwin A. Abbott), which disconnects us from designing and building. Prajapati’s Painted Bodhi is the third digital turn, the end of the projected image, and the four-dimensional canvas.
I cannot thank all of my maverick tutors enough, my people of “wakanda (forever)” and joyful family for their invaluable guidance. For me, the true honour “is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it” (Richard Feynman). My Fifth Year project encapsulates and distills the skills, inspirations and obsessions I gathered throughout my ± 149795937 seconds of curious adventures at the AA. Explorations such as: Superflatness in Akihabara, ‘Pataphysics in Albertopolis, Fermentation in the Noma Lab, Delights of El Goognaut, Prajapati’s Painted Bodhi… and now… I wonder – what will be the next ‘quest…?
Om mani padme hum
ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ