Artist’s ‘Mermaid’ Protests Govt Apathy To Potholes
People of Bengaluru are fed up with road conditions. As the number of vehicles on road has increased over the last year, so did the potholes.
Looking at the government’s apathy, a city-based artist has decided to let art voice people’s grievances. Bengaluru-based Baadal Nanjundaswamy’s ‘Mermaid’ installation near Kamaraj road is the cynosure of all eyes.
Bengaluru: In a unique protest against pothole deaths, an artist turns a pothole into a mermaid's living space in Cubbon Park Junction area. pic.twitter.com/oOTOQFBSHI
— ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2017
Yes, you heard that right! Baadal had put Kannada actor Sonu Gowda dressed as a mermaid sitting inside a pothole and people are loving it.
By drawing attention to potholes, the artist aims to encourage the Karnataka government and civic body to repair the city’s pothole-infected roads.
Oh, wait! The Mermaid is not the end of his display. Baadal has also created other arts near the Cubbon Park Junction.
Here’s what Twitter has to say about Baadal’s art:
Shame on Congress govt, Bangalore is pothole capital https://t.co/NexlNMW7P8
— Common man (@5x_man) October 13, 2017
— K V Pramod (@ipramodkarkera) October 13, 2017
These DRAMAS won't stir the INERT GOK. Prosecute the govt. for CULPABLE HOMICIDE for pothole deaths. Hon.HC pl. take SUOMOTU action on GOK
— bangalore (@bangalo86307793) October 13, 2017
— Rohit Dogra (@rohitdogra) October 13, 2017
Hope such protest draw their attention and open the eyes of concerned authorities…
— Ramesh Sidhpura (@RameshSidhpura) October 13, 2017
Such silent protests are not new to the city. In the past too, we have seen tiny plants and crocodiles on the road — just to grab the government’s attention, but all went in vain.
Baadal Nanjundaswamy placed a fake crocodile in a pot hole in Bangalore to draw attention of the Municipal officers. pic.twitter.com/YclOUnHWRZ
— League Of Givers (@LeagueOfGivers) August 26, 2015
— fairy queen (@akri2000) August 21, 2015
Potholes at many (almost everywhere) locations in the city have reportedly claimed over 10,000 people’s lives in 2016 alone. In the last fortnight, as many as 4 lives were lost due to potholes
Recently, a 21-year-old Bengaluru woman on a two-wheeler died in a tragic accident. She was hit by a truck while trying to avoid a pothole.
Let’s hope the government wakes up now and brings back the Garden City!
Feature Image Credit: Baadal Nanjundaswamy/Twitter
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