Atharva Kharkar loved the Burton Tower at the University of Michigan. As a student artist at the Stamps School of Art & Design, he was immersed in creating images that reflect the essence and emotion of structures, and felt that the Burton Tower was particularly endearing. His sister, Akshata Kharkar, who spoke on Atharva’s behalf at the 2019 Art in the Legislature Reception on October 23, 2019, said her brother Atharva loved his artistic work, and was tirelessly committed to always getting it exactly right. She said that he would have so enjoyed seeing his piece, “Sunset Over Burton”, displayed at the Anderson House Office Building. On May 29, 2019 Atharva provided the following description of his work:
“The Burton Bell Tower is one of The University of Michigan’s most iconic landmarks. This piece was intended to highlight the beauty and extravagance of the bell tower during a sunset.”
Sadly, as his father Prafulla Kharkar related, Atharva was diagnosed with Leukemia on June 22nd, and passed away on July 6, 2019. The Michigan Legislature honors this young UM artist and his family, and his work will be remembered always. “Sunset Over Burton” will be displayed for the next year in the Anderson House Office Building, on the 10th floor. All are welcome to visit.