Hyderabad: Ahead of the 11th Conference of Parties (CoP) on Convention on Biological Diversity in October, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has roped in students from different universities in the State and sculptors from across the country to spread the message of environmental protection and conservation. A workshop on scrap welding sculptures is currently underway on the city outskirts.
The APSRTC has come forward to provide scrap to students who are moulding the same into meaningful sculptures. About 30 students from the Andhra University, Potti Sriramulu University, JNTU Fine Arts College and the University of Hyderabad are working along with about 20 sculptors from Hyderabad and other parts of the country. “We are coming up with 53 sculptures from scrap. All of these sculptures revolve around the central theme of conserving bio-diversity and each of us try to bring in our own perception and idea. The scale at which work is being done is remarkable and the only thing we use is scrap,” Shanti Swarupini Roy, an artist and convenor at the workshop, said.
GHMC Commissioner MT Krishna Babu, who visited the workshop on Monday, informed that nearly 52 bio-diversity themes had been created by the students and sculptors and within a week the workshop will be completed. The workshop had started on July 23 and the total cost of Rs 76 lakh is being contributed by the State Bank of Hyderabad. For every theme, a plaque would be placed in front of the sculpture so as to enable citizens and delegates to know the importance of the message on bio-diversity. Mayor Md Majid Hussain, who was also present, opined that sculptures being sculpted at the workshop convey the message of optimum utilisation of resources.
The GHMC will also be holding a stone carving symposium on Aug 8. “Eight well-known artists from the country will work along with seven others from countries like Italy, Egypt, Turkey and New Zealand for one month to bring out the best stone structures to be placed in parks and on roadsides,” informed Srinivas Reddy, principal JNTU College of Fine Arts and Chairman of the Technical Committee on beautification on bio-diversity. “The students would be paid a sum of Rs 20,000 whereas Rs 1 lakh and Rs 1.5 lakh would be paid to national and international artists respectively,” he added.