Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) is setting up a new attraction facility at Marina Beach!
GCC has been setting up ‘junk art’ features along the important stretches in the city. Apart from the aesthetic appeal, this activity is also to create awareness among the public on the important aspect of ‘waste recycling’.
As a part of this ongoing campaign, the civic body conducted an exhibition with scrap metal at a Corporation School in Thiruvanmiyur earlier this year. Yesterday (Tuesday, 20th July), the workers were busy setting up sea creatures at Kamarajar Salai – for example, a mighty shark may greet the visitors at the park near Kamarajar Salai off the Marina Beach – but… fear not! The shark is made up of automobile scrap!
An Engineer at Zone#9 of the GCC (Teynampet) shared: “These will be placed near Marina Beach permanently. We chose structures of sea animals as a symbol. For now, we have installed 4 structures!”
The civic body procured the sculptures from Andhra Pradesh-based sculptor P. Srinivasa Rao, aged 49. Rao’s art is on display across several municipalities in the Southern States.
The Vijayawada native, a sculptor for more than 2 decades and his team began making sculptures using automobile scrap about 7 years ago!
Rao shared in this regard: “This is also one of the methods of waste management. We procure automobile scrap from local mechanics to industrial waste at a cheap price and then convert them into art. My idea is that art should reach the common man! Also, there there is no need for galleries and these can be exhibited in public places and they require less maintenance.”
GCC officials too expressed optimism that these structures will add to the aesthetic appeal!
It may be recalled that GCC set up the ‘Typographic sculpture” – “Namma Chennai”, near Marina Beach which has now become an important Landmark and a hugely popular ‘selfie joint’!