Natasha’s installation in the station is one that is both a spectacle as well as a playful opportunity for interactivity. By tracing the most common path commuters usually take to walk up and down the main stairway, and by placing mirrors on the vertical surfaces of the steps, commuters walking down the stairs unwittingly follow this pathway of mirrors while those walking up the stairs get to witness this subtle but fascinating interaction. Natasha’s project is a mirror installation that tracks movement of the commuters along the stairway.
Natasha Sharma situates her practice at the crossroads of art and design. Her outcomes are a combination of artistic instincts translated through design methodology to cater to the public in various forms. Drawing from an eclectic pool of interests, she has worked in several different media, from product and furniture design to packaging to graphic art and illustration to installation art. Natasha has recently begun focusing her practice on the dimension of tactility, narrowing in on product, furniture and object making. The themes she engages with lean towards interactivity and play, material research and development, social experiments and storytelling.
Through her photographs, Natasha began marking paths that commuters used and simplified it down to a few lines that could largely summarize the basic movement up and down the stairs. Documenting the site with time-lapse videos, she noticed a fairly consistent pattern emerging in the way people ascended and descended the stairs. She proceeded to recreate this path using square pieces of mirror and lining them up to create different lengths of rectangular strips along the steps. The piece was created with over 600 individual pieces of mirror, all installed using mirror mount double sided tape.