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An Artistic Makeover

Published: 11th January 2014 09:45 AM

Last Updated: 11th January 2014 09:45 AM

Blue skies above, rivulets making their path through the dense forest, trees with their branches and leaves sticking out and snakes lazily crawling up the branches, a stream making its way to a pond on the floor- an ambience of a forest created by three skilful artists with their paint brushes is what will meet the eye pretty soon at the reptile house of the Thiruvanathapuram Zoo. 

Travelling for all the way from Delhi, Rohit, Sunny and Pasan are here in the city as part of a contract their company Caraminivan Studios back home bagged from the Museums & Zoos Department here.

Almost in the last leg of their work with the deadline given to them coming to end on 31 January, the artists are busy finishing up inside the reptile house.

It has almost been two-and-a-months since the artists began work inside the reptile house. And they are enjoying every moment of the project, working in close proximity with nature.

The youths who did their BFA course in Delhi, post college came together to set up a company that does all kinds of art related work. “It has been two years since we started our company and we have taken up lot of small and huge projects. When we were approached by the Zoo Department here we showed them some samples and they liked us,” say the artists. 

The three who are in the state for the first time says the past two months have been adventurous for them. “We really liked the place and the people are very helpful and friendly. We haven’t had any difficulties with food or climate either. But we didn’t get any chance to explore the city much,” says Pasan originally from Himachal.

They start their work at 10 am in the morning and it goes on till 9 pm at night.

All the work at the reptile house from painting, to collecting the materials required for the work, processing them, lighting, everything is being done by just the three of them along with their helper Ramshankar.

“It is work like these that give us more joy because unlike the work done in private homes and private companies, works like these are accessible to the masses. Lots of people will be able to see and enjoy our works. The visitors can henceforth enjoy the reptiles in a forest ambience, that way it will be more interesting and informative,” says Rohit. 

Inside the reptile house they have created a forest using acrylic, plastic paints, reliefs, sculptures and the like. “We are always trying to find new materials to work with. Here we have mainly used waste materials, paper, processed bamboo and so on as bamboo was available in plenty here,” says Sunny.

The men take occasional breaks by going out but this again is to gain inspiration. They have even collected couple of leaves from the zoo premises for reference while working. They say they want it to be as authentic as possible.

Back home they are a busy bunch of artists who have work across the NCR (National Capital Region). “Artistic work with paint, reliefs, sculptures and installations has become a trend in Delhi, Noida and surrounding areas. People call us up and ask us to redo their walls, wardrobe doors, ceilings and so on. And people are willing to shell out money for good work,” they add.

They will leave the city by the first week of February.

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