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Updated: February 5, 2013 12:05 IST

A sculpture with a message

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This clay sculpture on display at KMC Greens in Manipal aims at raising awareness on cancer.
The Hindu This clay sculpture on display at KMC Greens in Manipal aims at raising awareness on cancer.

Artistes of the Manipal Sand Heart Team carved a clay sculpture to create awareness on cancer to mark the World Cancer Day here on Monday.

The sculpture was on display near the waterfalls at the KMC Greens here. The clay sculpture has been carved by artistes Srinath Manipal, Venki Palimar, and Ravi Hirebettu.

The clay sculpture is a little more than two-foot tall. It portrays a person’s face with one crab and three scorpions crawling over it. The face is struck with cigarettes.

Leader of the team Srinath Manipal said the crab symbolised cancer. The three scorpions represented the pain caused by the consumption of tobacco. The cigarettes stood for bad habits.

“It took us two days to carve the sculpture. We started on Sunday and completed the carving process on Monday”, he said.

“It is very essential to create awareness and educate people about cancer so that they do not feel that it is a dreaded disease”, Mr. Manipal added.

The clay sculpture was unveiled at the KMC Greens by K. Ramnarayan, Vice-Chancellor of the Manipal University.

The sculpture would be put on display at the Malpe Bus Stand on Tuesday and pamphlets on cancer would be distributed there.

The clay sculpture was carved with the support of the Community Health Department, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, and Community Cancer Health Clinic, Malpe.

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