Mysuru: Civic authorities in India are known for their laxity and this causes any amount of hardship to the public. Protests and petitions often fall on deaf years. Out of the box thinking, perhaps is the only way to get the civic authorities to respond. Badal Narayanswamy the artist, has done exactly that.
He noticed the open hole in front of the Government Press Club near the Kukkarahalli Lake and converted it and its surroundings into a tortoise, and painted "DANGER" on the unused drainage pipe kept nearby. While the public is appreciating his art, he has also sent a stiff message to the civic officials to address this defect.
Badal Nanjundaswamy said, “I daily walk from my home (Kukkarahalli) to Rangayana. It’s been a month and no authority has addressed it. Now it is time for my art to convey the message to the authorities. This is my fourth art in the city which is used to fix the civic problems.”
He said that the drainage water flows at a fast pace here and there are chances of collapse.
Nanjundaswamy has done similar work on two occasions in Bengaluru, and his work had made the civic authorities sit up, take notice and remedy the lacunae.
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