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What an idea! To protest pothole deaths, Bengaluru artist converts one into mermaid’s living space

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AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN

Protests are not just about raising slogans, conducting strikes or going on fasts. Nowadays we seen people coming up with unique ways of protesting. In a similar manner, a Bengaluru-based artist too found a unique way of protesting the pothole deaths in the city. This artist converted the pothole in the Cubbon Park Junction area into a mermaid’s living space. The photo of this unique protest was shared by the news agency ANI on its Twitter handle.

In this image, a Bengaluru-based artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy this time turned Kannada actress Sonu Gowda to a mermaid and made her emerge out a crater-sized pothole in the city. Nanjundaswamy is the same artist who forced the Bengaluru’s civic agency, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to repair potholes with his crocodile installation. The artist, this time, has made a wonderful use of a huge pothole filled with rainwater which he has converted into a mermaid’s living space. He began working on the same early in the morning on Friday and completed the art work before 8.30 AM to avoid disrupting traffic.

An Indian model dressed as a mermaid takes part in an art installation by artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy to highlight the problem with dangerous potholes on roads in Bangalore on October 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN /

An Indian model dressed as a mermaid takes part in an art installation by artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy (centre R) to highlight the problem with dangerous potholes on roads in Bangalore on October 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN 

An Indian model dressed as a mermaid takes part in an art installation by artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy to highlight the problem with dangerous potholes on roads in Bangalore on October 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN

An Indian model dressed as a mermaid takes part in an art installation by artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy (R) to highlight the problem with dangerous potholes on roads in Bangalore on October 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANJUNATH KIRAN 

Recently, Bengaluru witnessed its 4th pothole-related death in a month after a woman riding pillion on a two-wheeler was killed on Tuesday when a truck rammed the vehicle as the rider was trying to avoid a pothole near Devanahalli. The 21-year-old woman was identified as G Veena. Meanwhile, holding a press conference on Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah instructed BBMP to start the repair work of potholes ‘immediately’ and make the city roads pothole-free within a fortnight.