Frustrated by the failure of civic authorities in Bengaluru to repair a giant pothole and a broken water pipe located in the middle of a main street, an artist in the city turned the pot hole into an artificial crocodile pond on Thursday, reports Indian Express
The 36-year-old visual artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy, planted a life-sized crocodile in a 12-feet-long pot hole on the Sulthanpalya Main Road in north Bengaluru. The crocodile pond did not exactly attract the attention of authorities, but it aroused the curiosity of hundreds of people passing by.
The artist created his fiber crocodile over a week’s time at a personal cost of Rs 6,000. The life-sized crocodile measures nine feet in length and weighs 18 to 20 kg. Nanjundaswamy said:
“A drinking water pipe broke about a month ago. The subsequent rain and constant traffic has eroded the road creating a big pot hole. Authorities have showed no response to rectifying it. Locals have complained to the BBMP and the BWSSB to no avail. I am hoping they will take some action now.”
Some local residents were fooled by the life-sized crocodile and Mahesh Kaveri, a local resident said he was about to scream for help on spotting the fake reptile. Thankfully, after his social media post went viral, the authorities repaired the pot-hole.
This is not the first time that Nanjundaswamy has used his art for civic activism. Last year, the artist turned an open manhole in the city into the mouth of ‘Yamaraj’ – to signify that the open man-hole was a death trap.