The five art installations placed at various locations around the city under the city beautification project, have cost the department of art and culture a whopping Rs 79.90 lakh, with most of the citizens raising an eyebrow over their aesthetics.
Stating that the main reason behind placing these art installations in various parts of the city is to provide a cultural touch to the capital city, Minister for Art and Culture Govind Gaude, who on Wednesday inspected the said installations, said that these exhibits were in possession of the department of art and culture for a long time, and therefore, it was decided to display them to the public.
“The executive agency for this project is Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, which is in-charge of placing these installations,” he added, pointing out that the department of art and culture has already taken NOC from the Corporation of the City of Panaji.
It was also informed that the art installations were made during a workshop conducted by the department of art and culture, which was participated by altogether six artists, three of them from Goa. The department has further cleared 75 per cent of their bill amount.
The 571 kg art installation of Arabic horse placed at Altinho was made by Subodh Kerkar at a cost of Rs 5,71,000, while the 1,434 kg buffalo created by Viraj Naik cost Rs 14,34,000.
Furthermore, the portrait of a woman with her hair flowing, which is placed at the Cine National Square and made by the artist Carl Antoa is priced at Rs 16,65,000. Another art installation comprising of a large basket full of vegetables and a cockerel inside this basket is made by Pradip Naik. It costs Rs 23,30,000 and is the heaviest of the exhibited art installations weighing 2,330 kg, placed outside the city municipal market.
The last of the five exhibited art installations, is placed at the Miramar Beach, and comprises of a sculpture of four human heads looking in different directions. It is made by artist Pankaj Panwar and costs Rs 19,90,000.
One more art installation is yet to be placed in the city and is about a male protagonist cavorting about a traditional door house. It is prepared by G Radhakrishnan. Weighing at 5,500 kg, it costs Rs 55 lakh.
The exhibited art installations costing Rs 79.90 lakh and the un-displayed one costing Rs 55 lakh, the total cost of these art installations, for the city beautification project stands over Rs 1.34 crore.