May 20, 2016 1:07:24 am
Gardens and public art installations inspired by designs from as far as Prague and Hong Kong have begun to give the Andheri area a visibly different appearance.
Over the past few months, a lotus-shaped installation of golden colour in a traffic circle, an ‘I love Mumbai’ installation, a ‘magic carpet garden’, and a ‘vertical butterfly garden’ have all come up across the suburb.
The initiative has been at the behest of BJP MLA Ameet Satam who represents the Andheri (West) constituency. “A specific reason for undertaking these projects is that Mumbai is an international city and it should be like other international cities. There should be street art and innovative structures,” Satam told The Indian Express.
Satam’s aide D R Jagtap said the projects were sanctioned early this year, starting with the Golden Lotus, an exact replica of the one in Hong Kong. “This is located in one of the posh places in Andheri West. There had been a constant problem of drug-addicts and alcoholics fighting and creating nuisance around here because of which we decided to implement this project,” said Ambarish Lotlikar, personal assistant to the MLA.One central median has been conceptualised according to a Chinese design with LED lights adding to the beauty.
There is also an ‘I Love Mumbai’ installation, famously known as the ‘Selfie-Point’ in Andheri now, inspired by similar designs in Budapest and Hong Kong. Lotlikar said, “We are also planning to make a lawn around it but that will take place after the monsoon.”
The Magic Carpet Garden is located on the Juhu-Versova Link Road, between two buildings named Magic Carpet and Milap Society. According to Lotlikar, the place was in a shambles and it took just three months to build the garden.
“This is a replica of a garden in Prague, except that this has men standing in the statue unlike that design that had women. Another garden is the Vertical Butterfly Garden located on S V Road. This garden follows the drip irrigation system,” he added.
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