CHENNAI: Soon, scupltures made of scrap metal will adorn public spaces in the city showing how creativity can help turn waste to wealth. On the lines of the railways’ coach manufacturing unit Integral Coach Factory (ICF), the city corporation has used scrap metal from its truck maintenance yards to build sculptures.
Corporation officials said 14 such pieces of art have been created. These will be displayed at prominent places like the Elliot’s Beach, traffic islands, corporation schools and other public spaces. The pieces are of dancing women, fishermen, jallikattu bull and farmers. They were made by sculptors from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi and other parts of the country who came together for an art camp in Chennai recently. The Industrial Training Institute in Guindy also contributed a few pieces.
In a message posted on an official group to brief journalists, GCC commissioner G Prakash labelled these ‘surreal art’. While a major part of the bigger pieces of scrap metal was sourced from the corporation lorry shed in Basin Bridge, the civic body also bought some pieces from vehicle service shops in Pudupet and Guindy. It cost nearly 25 lakh to source the scrap metal.
The corporation is spreading its philosophy of using waste to make something meaningful. It has begun converting wet waste into manure at its micro-composting centres. The dry waste at its resource recovery centres is segregated and sold.
A similar exercise was undertaken at ICF when Sudhanshu Mani was general manager. He brought in many artists from across the city to use tonnes of metal scrap lying on the ICF shop floor to create modern art.





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