Artiste in Bengaluru brings crocodile on road to grab attention of civic authorities

The crocodile pond did not exactly attract the attention of authorities but it aroused the curiosity of hundreds of people passing by.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Bengaluru | Updated: June 19, 2015 10:31 am
Bangalore artiste, Artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy, Bangalore artiste Baadal, Baadal crocodile, BBMP officials, Bangalore latest news, India latest news In an expression of his frustration over the lackadaiscal approach of civic authorities in Bangalore, a 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 Bangalore on Thursday. (Source: Express photo)

Frustrated by the failure of civic authorities in Bangalore to repair a giant pot hole and a broken water pipe located in the middle of a main street, an artiste in the city turned the pot hole into an artificial crocodile pond on Thursday.

In an expression of his frustration over the lackadaiscal approach of civic authorities in Bangalore, a 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 Bangalore on Thursday.

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The crocodile pond did not exactly attract the attention of authorities but it aroused the curiosity of hundreds of people passing by.

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“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,” Nanjundaswamy said. The artist created his fiber crocodile over a week’s time at a personal cost of Rs 6000.

The life-size crocodile measures nine feet in length and weighs 18 to 20 kg. 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. A former visualiser with a leading advertising agency, 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.

“Last time it attracted the attention of BBMP officials and the man hole was closed within a day. Everyone has the potential to express themselves in his or her own way. This is my way of communicating a grievance,” he said. Nanjundaswamy has tagged both the BBMP and the Bengaluru traffic police to pictures of the “crocodile pond” on the Sulthanpalya Main Road on social media.

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    Girdhar Lal Singh
    Jun 18, 2015 at 10:05 pm
    nice art....
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      Harish
      Jun 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm
      Congress or BJP all corrupt politicians looted this country like anything ,until god creates natural disaster and all parliaments goes under the earth only this country may have future.
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        Umair Ahmed
        Jun 20, 2015 at 6:14 am
        Correption is the absolute result of capitalism. Why everyone is abusing politician? Please you don't have right to play blame game. Because politicians are elected by people and they represent us. The quality, ability, honesty ,morality and the corruption, cruelty, dishonesty,apportunism, materialism what ever we are find in them (politicians ) it is the refluction of character of our society. So please don't think and try to comment irresponsibly and superficial rather try to change the society at gr root level , I mean we have to raise the moral of our people.corruption is a moral degradation it cannot be eliminated by making harsh laws because if you make one law corrupt minds will be having 100 ways to get escape. Tell me honestly if you make 100 laws against corruption, can laws or acts will impemented by their own? No,never unless and until the society and the overall moral of the society should be high and satisfactory.
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          Dr. Narayan
          Jun 19, 2015 at 8:59 am
          Some pots are so big that you may need sharks and whales too. Good visualization by artist Badaal to catch the attention of civic authorities. Hope the roads don't turn into a zoo.
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            Madhu
            Jun 19, 2015 at 2:08 pm
            we need people like him to have a better future India
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              Prabhat Caffrey
              Jun 18, 2015 at 10:46 pm
              Who is responsible for building and maintaining state roads? What a shame. The responsible person should be fired asap. This is why nobody wants to 'make in india'.
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                Ramakrishnan
                Jun 19, 2015 at 8:18 am
                What can this crocodile do against the political crocodiles and official crocodiles who swallow only money and shed tears which the real crocodiles will feel ashamed of themselves?
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                  sundararaman
                  Jun 21, 2015 at 6:14 am
                  I like Nanjundasamy 's art to bring the Government Authorities on the field of repair many things like broken water pipe to repair and within the short period of her ' Crocodile Pond' within a short period tagged the BANGLORE TRAFFIC POLICE AND ALSO BBMP which displa on the SultanPalaya Main Road on Social Media. Smart way Mr.Nanjundasamy welcome to the social help in a best way spending money out of your own poket.
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