Renowned paper artist from Punjab, Gurpreet Singh has re-made one of his most prized belonging of workmanship, a scaled down variant of the Golden Temple with a redesigned structure. The craftsman, who is presumably among not very many particular paper artists in Punjab, had earlier made a smaller than usual copy of the Golden Temple that is currently shown at a Gurdwara in Singapore where he was welcomed for a presentation a year ago.
Gurpreet, who considers the semi-original art is his lucky charm, recreated an upgraded version, a 2.5 to 2.5 feet replica that he claims is better than the previous one. “I have done some changes like this one is lighter in weight and lesser in area and more sleek. I have created domes and the ‘Sarovar’ by using pearls and embellishments while the earlier version was kept simple,” he says. Made of ivory and art paper, it has every detail in place.
It took him five months to get the earlier one into shape while this one took only four. It’s difficult to work with paper as it tends to get scratched or tear easily. But after a tedious and patient process, he could finally manage to complete this version.
This is not the primary bit of perfection from the 31-year-old artist. Gurpreet has prior made smaller than expected models of Nankana Sahib, the smallest turban measuring 7 gm and one inch long and different images of Sikh legacy. “My point is to advance the way of life and legacy of Sikhism through my craft. I have shown at different workmanship presentations and celebrations the nation over and my works have been valued.” He is one of only a handful couple of artist from the city to have taken an interest in global displays and is again arranging one in Europe in 2016. Punjab is so very proud to have such talent in the state!