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'Looking Up' At Mumbai's Beautiful Ceilings
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'Looking Up' At Mumbai's Beautiful Ceilings

Picture of Sukhada Chaudhary
Updated: 25 October 2016
A recent exhibition at CSMVS in Mumbai introduced many Mumbaikars to the architectural delights of historical buildings in the city, but in a unique way. The Look Up Mumbai exhibition consisted of photographs of ceilings from various places of note, making sure that Mumbaikars ‘look up’ to these iconic structures more frequently.

A lot has been said about Mumbai’s architectural heritage. While it has one of the world’s largest collections of Art Deco buildings, it also has many examples of Neo-Gothic and Indo-Saracenic architecture. When a team of media artists and a photographer set out to best capture this staggering heterogeneity in the form of beautiful fish-eye photographs, it resulted in some stunning images.

Such images made up the Look Up Mumbai exhibition at the CSVMS Museum. With the help of a 3D DomeLab, the collection focused on the ceiling architecture of some of Mumbai’s beloved architectural icons. The team behind Look Up Mumbai consists of media artists Sarah Kenderdine, Berndt Lintermann, and Jeffrey Shaw, in collaboration with Hong Kong photographer John Choy. Look Up Mumbai belongs to a series of art exhibits that includes Heavens Gate (1987), Cupola (2004), and Look Up Kyoto (2004). Culture Trip brings you an inside look at the divine, almost celestial imagery that make up the ceilings of Mumbai.

The Bhau Daji Lad Museum, the oldest museum in Mumbai and one of Mumbai’s most beautiful buildings. It was formerly known as the Victoria and Albert Museum.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

This beautiful dome is found in the building for the Mumbai Municipal Corporation. It was built in 1893 and rises to 71.5 metres.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

The Mount Mary Church in all its glory. A Roman Catholic Basilica, it was built in 1640 and rebuilt in 1761. It also known as ‘The Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount.’

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

The ceiling of CSMVS, Mumbai’s main museum and a fine example of the famed Indo-Saracenic architecture that is so prevalent in the city’s old structures. Its stunning dome rises up to 60 feet.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

The beautiful frescoes of the Cathedral of the Holy Name are a delight. A Roman Catholic cathedral, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Bombay. Designed by W.A. Chambers, its construction was completed in 1905.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

This ceiling is from the Global Vipassana Pagoda. It is the world’s largest stone dome that is built without any supporting pillars.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

The absolutely stunning Shree Siddhivinayak Temple, built in 1801. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is one of the most popular religious spots in the city.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

We’re sure you’ve never looked at The Gateway Of India this way before — an incredible perspective.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

From the very beautiful Adishwarji Jain Temple, with its unique zodiac in the middle.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine

And Mumbai’s very own T2 terminal that wows people from around the world and has rightly joined these iconic buildings in the exhibit.

© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine
© John Choy and Sarah Kenderdine