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2006| Team Conte, Bangalore
"Story of Sravanabelgola" - A Multi Media Heritage Preservation Outreach Project
     
Shravanabelagola (Kannada: ಶ್ರವಣಬೆಳಗೊಳ) is a city located in the Hassan district in the Indian state of Karnataka and is 158 km from Bangalore. It is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centers. It reached a peak in architectural and sculptural activity under the patronage of Gangas of Talakad.

From ancient times, pilgrimage was a physical journey that combined spiritual intent with play. In keeping with this tradition, the team's creations – the documentary (video CD) and the visual walk through of the city (heritage map) – promise an extremely rare experience of Sravanabelgola.

These visual aids combine spectacular views in the form of a story about the hills housing Gommateswara statue, temples, people, their culture & life, and of the sanctity that this pilgrimage city holds. 
I envisioned the entire project and worked on various aspects of the collaterals required for outreach. I also consulted as a cultural resource specialist to a team that worked on a project with a view to promote and familiarize Sravanabelgola (jain pilgrim and historic center) to the masses at large. The outreach project aims to inform the people about its history and significance.

  Sravenbelgola
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The initial surveys conducted, provided information to facilitate the action plan for the site. The palace structure and its boundary wall and the gateway were the main subjects for restoration. It was interesting to understand the construction style employed for the wooden roofing and the mud walls. The most fascinating feature was the vegetable dye paintings on the lime plaster walls and the ceiling. Some of them were exposed to weathering and subjected to lime wash coats by the agencies that used the building as an office.

Traditional techniques of restoration were used after a thorough study evaluation these techniques during the process helped carrying out the entire process of restoration. The material was chosen upon after surveying of the local areas for similarity and sustainability, confirmed by lab testing the material. The work also involved art conservation experts and an artist specializing in the painting and stucco art with expert understanding of the material, lime in case of this building. The approach was to use minimum chemical treatment and minimum reconstruction.
  Another complex task was the restoration and conservation of the structural wood as the wood sections was as long as 40 ft in length and each weighing half a ton. Study of the wood joinery was taken up before the actual work. The project also became a platform to interact with the local habitants of the area, and share the view and idea about conservation, hence giving a chance to understand the local building style, materials and techniques.

Project scope included:
1. Documentation of the building for drawing conservation plan.
2. Involvement into core team listing and detailing course of action.
3. Onsite supervision of the restoration process.
4. Documentation of the technique and material used the process of
    restoration.
5. Design details for interior for reuse, landscape plan within the
    campus.
6. Outlining the management and maintenance strategies.
 

Images (left to right)

Palace building

Kalyan Mandapa cleaning

Stucco and painted ceiling

Wall painting restoration