The symbol has to be relevant to and inclusive of all of India. An inordinate focus on today’s achievements will perhaps make its message limited in time. Five years from now, people will wonder what the fuss was about. So the symbol has to connect to the masses and be of relevance many years from now.
India’s democracy is its’ greatest strength. A nation becomes great when its’ people start believing in themselves. Ideally, every citizen stakeholders’ name should be listed. This being impractical, we did the next best thing by listing the constituencies.
Our symbol takes the form of a large heaving plane covering most of the site – a steel frame clad in white sandstone paving. Held up by numerous steel columns, the plane looks like it has torn itself out of the ground. It is in the process of breaking free. Carved into the stone surface are the names of all the 543 lok sabha constituencies in India. There are names that one hasn’t even heard of, would probably never visit – But this is the real India. You feel part of the whole. Each citizen / each visitor belongs to one of these distant places, brought together in the symbol. If you search, you can find your tiny part of this great land. You can connect to the vision that is today’s India. India rising.
It will be from this connection, this emotion in the hearts of millions when they pause and contemplate the space, that the structure will feed on and draw sustenance from and over the years stop being merely architecture and evolve into a true symbol.