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Posted at 05:25 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Rasika West End gives diners a hand

Handy reminder: Ayush Kasliwal's welcoming new sculpture. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)
The sculpture cannot be seen when you first walk into Rasika West End, which is not unusual until you learn the symbolism behind the hand: It’s a Mudra spiritual gesture meaning “welcome,” owner Ashok Bajaj told me today at his latest Indian outpost.

The 20-foot-long, 700-pound sculpture, created by Indian designer Ayush Kasliwal , was installed on Saturday, a couple of weeks after the restaurant opened in late March. It’s in place over a beverage station next to the wine rack, but it sort of looms over the dining room with its welcoming energy.

“Good food is important,” says Bajaj. “Aesthetics and ambiance are equally important, because otherwise you could eat good food at home.”

More photos of the stainless-steel-and-fiberglass sculpture are after the jump.

Kasliwal's sculpture is 20 feet long and about 6 feet, 6 inches wide. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

Okay, I'm probably the minority opinion here, but when I see the sculpture from this angle, it looks like the hand is ready to flick a bug away. (Tim Carman/The Washington Post)

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