The Carpet of Joy an installation by artist Subodh Kerkar using 1,50,000 discarded plastic bottles to make flowers that aims to raise awareness about littering and promoting the idea of a litter free Goa was inaugurated on Monday at Saligao circle.
At the inaugural, sarpanch of Saligao, Eknath Oraskar welcomed the gathering and praised Kerkar’s work saying ‘fabulous was an understatement’ to describe it. He thanked Kerkar for putting up the installation of plastic bottles in Saligao and promised to carry forward the work of making Saligao and thus Goa litter free.
Subodh Kerkar speaking at the event said that the installation was dedicated to his friend and brother-in-law, Satish Sonak who passed away a few days back, and to the mother of Satish Sonak who was like his own mother.
About the massive work which was taken up by students Kerkar said chose the date April 10 as 100 years ago in 1917 Mahatma Gandhi had his first Satyagraha in Champaran. He said: “Since Gandhi believed in non-violence this is my way of saying let’s not litter. It’s a shame to see Goa full of litter. Littering is an act of violence. A simple act of not littering will go a long way.”
The work inspired by Israeli artist Uri De Beer’s ‘Plastiflora’ has bottles painted in different colours and hues.
Journalist Prakash Kamat spoke about late Satish Sonak who was an activist in Goa and was part of various movements. Minister and local MLA, Jayesh Salgaonkar spoke about the need to be aware in creating a garbage-free Goa. He further praised the initiative of Subodh Kerkar.
Revenue minister, Rohan Khaunte, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, CEO of the garbage treatment plant in Saligao, Richard Dias and Knauf spoke on the occasion.
At the end of the inauguration, the sarpanch, along with the panchas led the gathering to take a pledge of not littering in an aim to keep Saligao, Goa and thus India clean and beautiful.