It seems fixing potholes isn't a human task anymore. So, for Bengaluru residents, animals have come to the rescue.
A month back, there was a crocodile lounging in acid green water right in the middle of a busy freeway, and now an anaconda appeared on the middle of the street on Sunday.
Thankfully, both of them are fake. These were attempts by a few city activists to embarrass the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike into fixing the city's potholed roads.
A month after artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy planted an installation of a life sized crocodile on a pothole in a Bengaluru street, and in turn, forced the civic officials to fix the road, a group of activists called the Namma Bengaluru Foundation (NBF) had a giant anaconda lounging in a muddy pothole.
"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 told The News Minute.
Pushparaj, an art graduate student and one of the members of the NGO group, took two days to make the sculpture of the giant snake. However, installing it in the Yeshwanthpur market wasn't easy. The CEO of the foundation told The News Minute that local goons tried to intimidate the artist and NBF members and some even stamped on the artwork and damaged it. He says that the presence of journalists forced them to retreat.
The NGO's installation seems to have gained much popularity as people are now reportedly demanding "anacondas" in various other locations.