Just when a crocodile on Bengaluru streets was not enough to scare people and get their attention towards civic issues in the city, the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF), a group working for the betterment of the city, planted an anaconda into a pothole.
The huge and scary anaconda can be seen slithering up a water-filled pothole with a human hand in its mouth. Thank fully the anaconda was not real, but a near lifelike model of the reptile. Enough to scare the locals, the NGO took this initiative to catch the attention of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike to get the roads full of potholes repaired.
It took two days for Chitrakala Parishath graduate Pushparaj to complete the giant snake and install it on a Sunday in the Yeshwanthpur market.
“There is humour, art, sarcasm in the craft, but more importantly, there is a deeper message in it that we are trying to deliver,” says Sridhar Pabbisetty, CEO of Namma Bengaluru Foundation.
He says that residents are worried about potholes that are a regular feature on roads due to bad road maintenance and uncoordinated digging by various agencies. The lack of drainage systems has created a rise in diseases like malaria and dengue as stagnant water provides breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Installing the anaconda wasn’t an easy task as local goons tried to intimidate the artist and NBF members. Sridhar says that the goons stamped on the artwork and damaged it, but the presence of media forced them to retreat. The police requested the team to relocate the artwork.
The installation drew the attention of passers-by, especially the children who were fascinated by a giant anaconda lying in the middle of busy market area. Many engaged with the team, showing interest in participating in debates and discussion to solve Bengaluru’s problems, he adds.
On social media too, people were rather helpful with suggestions – several people said that there was plenty of scope for hippopotamuses, dinosaurs and even a Loch Ness monster to live comfortably in the gigantic water-filled pot-holes of namma Bengaluru which was recently rated the cleanest Metro city in India.
“There has been an overwhelming demand for anacondas and people are giving locations across the city for such installations,” says Sridhar.
Earlier, artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy (see pics) had created a crocodile on a pothole, later floated paper boats on huge craters on the road.