Tar Man 5 is a sculpture informed by the working men that Arora encountered along mountain routes through Kashmir. For Arora, roads are the social arteries that connect this region to the rest of the sub-continent. The struggling allegiance of men working tirelessly to re-cultivate the land for profitable redevelopment is the subject of her investigations. Unlike classical Indian statues or modelled deities, these very ordinary men are covered from head to toe in a suffocating layer of black tar as a demonstration of the almost incomprehensible work that is required to change India. The tar-man is emblematic of a continent seeking social and political change.

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