In an attempt to humanize the metro and give people a less intimidating entry point into the space, Harleen Chatha uses sculptural installations and furniture that transform the exterior space under the metro flyover into an atmosphere of whimsy and fantasy. Taking inspiration from actual creatures that inhabit spaces similar to the chosen site, she has chosen to introduce a winding, twisting worm-like form as a permanent inhabitant of the space.
Harleen Chatha’s interests are wide and varied, ranging from furniture design, installation art, mural painting, writing, Lomography and sculpting. All her work, while utilitarian in some form, combines a strong aspect of play, making her practice an equal mix of both art and design. She likes to put herself within a tangible context to respond to and her installations are often interactive, concerned with creating immersive experiences. Also a very visual person, her installations explore interesting, abstracted and highly graphic forms, lines and patterns with bold colour play.
Harleen spent her first month in Peenya interviewing several people who lived in the area, and the appeal this particular site held was that it was able to act as somewhat of a symbol for how the people in Peenya perceived the metro station – daunting and inaccessible. While her ideas across the year have taken different forms, they’ve all focused on the goal of using this site to create a less intimidating entry point into the station for the people of Peenya.