CHENNAI: The organisers of ‘Beyond Frames’, an ongoing public art fest at Nageswara Rao Park and the usual park-goers were in for a nightmare in the wee hours on Friday morning. Art installations and public exhibits were vandalised and some were even stolen by unidentified members.
Udhayasankar, curator of Beyond Frames, who was the first to notice the destroyed installations said, “I came to the park around 8 am and I noticed one of the art installations in pieces. I was shocked. As I went into the park I found other art works in pieces and some were missing.”
More than six art installations by students, professional artists and World Art Cafe (WAC) members were either destroyed or stolen. “An installation that was made by art students to convey the message about evil effects of smoking was broken and destroyed completely. This happened sometime last night after all of us left the venue,” claimed Udhayasankar.
While the place was allegedly vandalised only around midnight, Venkatesh, a participant of the fest, said, “We aren’t really sure who they are or why they did it. But, it just seems like the work of a bunch of hooligans.”
Harish Kumar, director of World Art Cafe and curator of the fest, stated, “Yes, some of the pieces have been destroyed, but we are thankful that the expensive ones weren’t damaged. We are continuing our art fest and the workshops are still on.”