The Giant Matki in Vijaynagar | #WordlessWednesday

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Spotted in the Jindal Steel Works Township in Vijaynagar, during a visit to the historical ruins of Hampi a couple of years ago, was this model of a giant traditional clay pot—the Matki, sliced in half. Installed in the centre of a garden that doubles up as a popular meeting place and a play area, this clay pot was the centre of all attention for the residents across all ages. As you can well imagine, the place was packed with visitors. We couldn’t find anyone who wasn’t posing or grabbing snapshots of this structure. Since we stayed very close to this township at the time, we’d usually spend our evenings here, in the garden, much to the delight of our  8-year-old, who would happily oblige us by posing for the camera those days, unlike now. Thankfully, it was a Monday evening and the weekend rush was finally gone.

I think this is quite a unique installation, as we normally don’t get to see such things.

Have you seen anything like this before? What do you think of it?

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  • betty - NZ


    What an unusual and interesting sculpture!

  • Vinitha


    That’s a unique gorgeous structure, Esha. Look at the little guy happily smiling. Beautiful shot! 🙂

  • Natasha Sinha


    Oops! I just noticed my comment to you had not got through. I posted one on Wednesday itself.

    That sounds like a cosy evening with the family. Arjun must have been thrilled to frolic around in these open spaces and you all would have got a good amount of down time.
    The installation is unique but then Hampi is known for its structures.

    Have a fabulously blessed week, dearest Esha.

  • Debbie D.


    That is an interesting sculpture! I can see why it would be popular for photo-taking. Joining your #WW link for the first time. Nice to meet you, Esha!

    • Esha MD

      Thank you very much, Debbie. Welcome to our linky party—So lovely that you are joining in for #wordlesswednesday this week. Hope you see you more often in the coming weeks!:)

  • Anagha Yatin


    Wonder what must have been the idea that the artist wished to convey through this unique installation?
    One thing is sure, commonly used items when presented in a different light, different perspective, make for a good pic!

    • Esha MD

      Yes, I was wondering about this too. I think you are right. It’s a matter of perspective. What is unique is that the place attracts a lot of people around this installation. It is really eye-catching, if I may say so.

  • Anamika Agnihotri


    Oh yes, this is quite an installation. It is unique and nothing like I have seen it anywhere.
    The 7-year-old here has already taken to turning down our requests for posing when outside the house, especially in busy market places.

    • Esha MD

      Yes, quite a unique one-of-a-kind piece of sculpture, this is! Oh quite surprised to know about Dhruv. When they are kids, you can never imagine what they’ll be in their teenage years. Now, everything is advancing I guess. Started so early for Dhruv!

  • Shubhra Rastogi


    This is indeed one giant matki. Very interesting though and definitely one with which pictures can be taken.

    • Esha MD

      Yes, Shubhra. Quite a huge one. Very popular with tourists who love to post inside the matki.

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