Herald: It’s pretty cracked up

It’s pretty cracked up

03 Jul 2018 06:01am IST

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VRISHANK MAHATME

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03 Jul 2018 06:01am IST

Report by
VRISHANK MAHATME

An art installation in Panjim has developed a crack even before the entire work can be installed

One of the six exhibited art installations across the capital city, placed at the Miramar Beach comprising sculpture of four human heads looking in four different directions has already grabbed the eyeballs for all the wrongs reasons.

Sculpted at cost of Rs 19.90 lakh by artist Pankaj Panwar, the art piece made of bronze has already developed a crack even before the entire work of installation is completed.

The six art installations placed at various parts of the city under the city beautification project, have cost the Directorate of Art and Culture a whopping Rs 1.34 crore.

As Herald visited the art installation site next to the Bandodkar memorial in Miramar, it was revealed that the entire sculpture was made of bronze. It was obvious one out of the four human heads had developed a crack along with a dent with most of the citizens raising a question over their aesthetics and whether something else with urgent needs could be done in the with such massive funds.

“Why is the State spending so much money when it is facing a cash crunch? What was the need for such sculptures costing crore instead something else or any other major issue plaguing the city could have been cleared.” said a concerned citizen of Panjim city on the condition of anonymity 

However, experts speaking to Herald have confirmed that the same can be repaired and brought back to its original shape. 

Some residents have also said that the installation of four heads at Miramar on a footpath is hindering the free movement of people.

While, stating that the main reason behind placing these art installations in various parts of the city was to provide a cultural feel to the city, the Department of Art and Culture said that all these exhibits were in possession with his department for a long time and therefore it was decided to display it before the general public.

Also these art installations were made during a workshop conducted by the department of art and culture, which was participated by six artists including Goan artists. 

“I was not aware of the cracks developed on one of the four human heads; I just came to know it when you asked me the question. I will enquire into the same and the maintenance and repairs will be initiated.” said Directorate of Art and Culture, Director Gurudas Pilarnkar

Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation (GSIDC) which is the executive agency for the project in-charge of placing these installations across the city said that it has no role to play in terms of the maintenance.

“Our job was only to install the sculptures at their respective locations given to us. The funding and the maintenance of these installations are being done by Department of Art and Culture.” a GSIDC official informed  
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