SKF India, country’s leading bearings manufacturer announced the unveiling of the first permanent sculpture at its Pune factory commissioned to commemorate its 100th anniversary milestone in India. Titled as ‘The Bearing Being’, the sculpture is created by Subodh Kerkar a renowned artist, painter, sculptor and founder of the private art gallery Museum of Goa.
The sculpture is a tribute to all employees who have been the foundation of SKF’s 100-year journey in India. Crafted from scrap metal and cast iron -including bearings and conveyor belts sourced from our factories, the sculpture starts at a width of 10 feet at the base, rises to a height 18 feet and tapers to a diameter of 6 feet. Cement reinforced concrete panels compose the base of the sculpture.
Manish Bhatnagar, Managing Director at SKF India, said, “We are thrilled to have worked closely with Subodh Kerkar to bring this monumental installation to life and sincerely thank him for this amazing work. The sculpture stands as a contemplative reflection of our 100-year legacy in India, with each piece carrying memories of our manufacturing processes, human ingenuity, and unwavering commitment to quality. Being purpose-led, the sculpture exemplifies SKF’s commitment to creating a sustainable impact on the industry and the world. We hope the sculpture creates a sense of wonderment, spark conversations and at the same time elevates the Pune campus experience for everyone, whether employees or visitors."
Subodh Kerkar, Artist, said, “I am pleased to create this thoughtful work of art for SKF. One of the most important aspects of my work is how different segments interact. Using metals and scrap material, I wanted the sculpture to evoke the connection between humans and machines, tell the tales of triumphs over challenges, and celebrate the collective efforts of countless employees who had the courage to dream, to build, and to make their imprint. With this sculpture, you can move around and have a different visual experience from every point of view. It is a wonderful opportunity for the employees and visitors to engage with works of art.”
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