Disregard for Art Installation Pains Artist

Artist Yusuf Arakkal, is annoyed with the  disrespect being shown to art. His sculpture ‘Applied DNA,’ located on MG road, has a traffic sign board dumped in its enclosure, along with other trash

Published: 05th December 2013 07:57 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th December 2013 07:57 AM   |  A+A-

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Artist Yusuf Arakkal, is annoyed with the  disrespect being shown to art. His sculpture ‘Applied DNA,’ located on MG road, has a traffic sign board dumped in its enclosure, along with other trash.

“The sculpture is made of stainless steel which does not need much maintenance, but it is painful that the sculpture is not being maintained properly,” Arakkal said.

Arakkal said he had requested the authorities to put lights over the sculpture, so that it was visible at night, but his pleas had fallen on deaf ears. The sculpture, called ‘Applied DNA,’ was donated by Biocon to commemorate Biocon’s 25th anniversary, and also to signify the 50th year of the discovery of DNA.

“The sculpture becoming a trash-bin was the last thing expected from the city,” said S G Vasudev, an artist. “It is not right to disrespect art by such a renowned artist, which is placed at a prominent location in the city. It reflects badly on the city,” Vasudev added.

BBMP and city traffic authorities passed the buck on each other for the sorry state of the sculpture.

“Since the traffic sign board was dumped in the enclosure of the sculpture, it does not come under the BBMP,” said Mayor B S Sathyanarayana.

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