On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, artists of Manipal Sand Heart Team carved out a sculpture focusing on the ill-effects of use of tobacco at the parking lot of the Kasturba Hospital here on Wednesday. The theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day is: “Stop tobacco industry interference”.
The sculpture was carved by Srinath Manipal, Ravi Hirebettu and Venki Palimar. The sculpture has a web-like structure of cigarettes made of PVC pipes. Four persons are seen caught in the web. In between the web-like structure is a person made of orange material, who is called “tobacco industry”. The sculpture has various placards against the use of tobacco. Leader of the team Mr. Manipal told The Hindu that in the sculpture, the four persons caught in the web-like structure were addicted to smoking. The tobacco industry was shown in the middle of the web as it tried to attract people through various means. “The aim of our sculpture is to make people aware of the health risks of getting addicted to tobacco. Through this sculpture, we are urging people to keep away from tobacco,” Mr. Manipal said.
The sculpture was carved with the support of Kasturba Hospital and the Community Health Department of Kasturba Medical College (KMC).