BHOPAL: What happens when all those ugly, rusted, jarring heaps of broken bicycles, damaged car wheels and metal scrap lying in various dump yards land into creative hands? Well, nothing short of magic! Yes, this is exactly what you feel when you look at some of the the bewitching installations that have been erected at various landmarks in Gwalior. These creative beauties compel the commuters to stop and soak in their beauty and marvel at the thought and creativity behind them, especially because their origin is the scrap dumps.
An endeavour by Gwalior district administration and Smart City Gwalior, this ‘Scrap to art’ project focusses on the objects, places and artefacts that are an integral part of city’s ethos. “Under this project, 15 scrap art installations would make their presence felt across the city, out of those five are already complete and each one is enjoying a pride of place,” said Collector Gwalior, Kaushlendra Vikram Singh.
The collector went on to add, “This is yet another step to make Gwalior a world-class city, which has all the right credentials to get UNESCO’s Music City tag. From nature to heritage and art, everything that matters to people and pleases the senses, has been incorporated in these scrap art icons.”
“The USP of these installations is that they are all based on themes, which are very ethnic and a part of Gwalior’s evolution. Whether it is Sarod, which is the pride of Gwalior gharana or Soan Chiraiyya (The Great Indian Bustard) which was found in this belt or even Mrinu Art, everything has the fragrance, aura and soul of Gwalior,” explained the CEO of Gwalior Smart City, Jayati Singh.
“The project, which started around March 2020, will be completed by end of 2021. Our team of interns is doing extensive research and working with the design team to think of more such local flavours that can be turned into pieces de resistance through scrap art,” added the CEO.