Baadal Nanjundaswamy took to the streets of Bengaluru to transform the eyesores into a thing of beauty.
From breath-taking graffitis to chic paintings in an exhibition, nothing turns our head like a beautiful work of art. And Baadal Nanjundaswmy aka “THE POTHOLE ARTIST” does exactly this.
A proud owner of over 16000 potholes and managed by an apathetic government, Bengaluru was increasingly becoming the talk of the country. Five people had lost their lives in pothole related accidents in the IT city, last week. But endless complaints and criticisms fell on deaf ears.
Then one fine day, the city woke up to a massive pond-mermaid installation right in the middle of the road. Nobody could drive past this beautiful mermaid sitting near an artificial pond. Baadal had turned a massive life-threatening crater near the MG Road into a beautiful pond and made a live model, Sonu Gowda, pose as a mermaid.
Baadal is famous for his street arts which highlight the disorderly condition of roads in Mysore and Bengaluru. These live satires have influenced the civic authorities more than anything else. His first famous work was the model “Crocodile installation” in a pot-hole on the roads of Sultanpalya in Bengaluru in 2015 and the painting of Yamaraj’s face on an open manhole in 2014.
And the result? The embarrassed and chastised local government officials rush to repair the roads and deprive the travellers of these beautiful graphic arts.