Paivasta/Rooted, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan

Rooted پیوستہ (Paivasta) is a socially engaged public art project made in collaboration with Unum Babar and Glasgow-based creative studio Pidgin Perfect that combines the unique and also diverse practice of each artist, sparking an intercultural and international conversation about public green spaces in the subcontinent.

The work consists of 8 permanent artworks for Bagh-e- Jinnah (Lawrence Gardens) in Lahore, Pakistan. The artworks reference, and have a resemblance to, the heritage of Bagh-e-Jinnah and the places and events that take place across the gardens. The central artwork is a significant marble ground piece located near the Quaid-e-Azam Library which takes the form of an Islamic star, directing people on seven routes across the park towards undiscovered spaces and stunning examples of Flora. The destination of each of the seven routes is marked by a marble seat, crafted and sited to encourage introspection, solitude, contemplation.

The project was curated and commissioned by Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) and British Council Pakistan with generous support from Parks & Horticulture Authority (PHA) Lahore.

Photos of park during the planning phase of Rooted 

Selected View of Sites

Marble star as a stage on opening night