Sachin Tendulkar has inspired millions. With one artful stroke after another, the master blaster has carved his name into the hearts of an awestruck nation. It’s no wonder then that Sachin continues to captivate creative souls, well past his retirement. Take Mumbai — Sachin’s city — for instance. Late last year, Mid-Day newspaper’s Atul Kamble photographed Sachin walking out to resume his innings against the West Indies, in his farewell Test at Wankhede Stadium on November 15. The image stirred strong emotions and Atul found himself at the receiving end of the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photo Award for 2013. It may not have been ‘art’ in the traditional sense, but that was just the beginning. A few months ago, on March 2, a two-tonne stainless steel ‘Bat of Honour’ was unveiled on Bandra’s Carter Road Promenade — only a stone’s throw from Sachin’s plush suburban residence. The largest steel bat in the world, perched at a height of over 25 feet, it is quite a sight. And now, only days ago, comes our favourite Sachin tribute yet.
Artist Jaideep Mehrotra has created a masterpiece worthy of the legend;commissioned by the RPG Art Foundation and its aficionado patron Harsh Goenka. Titled ‘Between the Lines,’ the sculpture is composed of 12 vertical bars of carbon fibre and aluminium alloy. Innocuous from up close, when viewed at a distance, these bars merge visually — and from them, the smiling face of Sachin emerges. Now unlike the ‘bat of honour’ that preceded it, this tribute is not in the immediate vicinity of Sachin’s Mumbai home; instead being placed close to Jaideep’s own residence, on Worli Sea Face. An honour for both the artist and his muse, with the city being the biggest beneficiary!
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