In Bengaluru, Artist Transforms Pothole Into Colourful Protest Site

Popular artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy worked his magic on an enormous pothole in Bengaluru in an attempt to draw attention to the city's pothole problem.

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In Bengaluru, Artist Transforms Pothole Into Colourful Protest Site

In a unique protest, a 'mermaid' appeared on the waterlogged, pothole-ridden roads of Bengaluru


Days after Karnataka Chief Minister K Siddaramaiah asked for over 15,000 potholes on Bengaluru's scarred roads to be fixed within 15 days, a unique and colourful protest. One involving mermaids, the mythical creatures thought to be half-woman, half-fish.

Popular artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy transformed a waterlogged, pothole-ridden road in the city's Cubbon Park Junction area into a colourful protest site. Photos tweeted by news agency ANI show the muddy water in the pothole dyed a bright turquoise. Even more eye-catching? The presence of a "mermaid," sitting on the side of the enormous pothole with her "tail" submerged. 
 
Two years ago, Mr Nanjundaswamy caught the Internet's attention after creating a life-size crocodile and swamp as an installation to highlight a pothole that hadn't been fixed for days. Photos of his unique artwork quickly went viral and pushed embarrassed local authorities to swing into action. 

Earlier this year, business tycoon Anand Mahindra tweeted pictures of Mr Nanjundaswamy's street art, complimenting him. 
  
According to ANI, Mr Nanjundaswamy's unique protest comes after at least four deaths were reported over the past week in accidents caused by potholes.

Monsoon rain and frequent flooding over the last few months have battered Bengaluru's roads and the municipality claims there are now more than 15,000 potholes in the city's 14,000 km road network which they have said can only be fixed once the rain stops.
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