To ensure easy availability of artisans to make the statues for the upcoming memorials,the Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has decided to set up a panel of artists.
The LDA has already invited proposals from individual sculptors,artists and establishments with an experience in making statues,elephants,domes and fountains of bronze,marble,sandstone and granite. The panel will comprise five to six artistes,with the pay scale only to be decided after negotiation.
Till date,whenever it was required to make a statue or dome,the LDA had to search for skilled sculptors and artists and that,too,sometimes on a very short notice, said S B Mishra,LDA Joint Director (Land and Development). This was why we decided to form a panel comprising few experts and take their services when required. This panel will mainly prepare statues and elephants.
According to LDA authorities,the services of the panel will also be used for the beautification of crossings and housing schemes in the city.
Currently,statues of Dalit icons and also the elephant are being installed in under construction memorials like Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal,Kanshiram Memorial,Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan,Buddha Sthal.
The LDA has asked the applicants to submit their application along with the details of the last workshop or studio attended and work done during the last five years.
Applicants will also have to submit a copy of their last three years income tax return indicating their turnover.