Office compound walls to get new look

K.N. Murali Sankar
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Kakinada Municipal Corporation launches new initiative

An artist giving finishing touches to his work on the rear side of the Collectorate in Kakinada.
An artist giving finishing touches to his work on the rear side of the Collectorate in Kakinada.

No more graffiti and advertisements on the compound walls of the public properties in the city now. All these walls are turning into beautiful paintings that depict the nature, various cultures, and important developments of the Indian independence movement. Thanks to the initiative taken by the Kakinada Municipal Corporation, painting works are in progress on the compound walls of the Collectorate, PR Government College and the pillars of all the three flyovers in the city. After giving a whitewash to the graffiti and advertisement-filled compound walls, the artistes hired by the civic body are creating a magic by using oil colours. As a result, the otherwise dull and nasty looking walls are now attracting the attention of the passersby. The works have begun a week’s ago and are going to be completed in a week or so.

“We are asked to complete the painting work within a week. The officials gave us the concepts, for which we are adding our ideas and giving a shape to these paintings,” says P. Vijaya Prakash, an artist from Ambajipet, while giving final touches to the paining of Mahatma Gandhi’s Dandi march on the rear wall of the Collectorate. In all, eight artists are engaged in the job and they are able to complete one paining a day on an average. “It took two days for me to complete the paintings of Sir Arthur Cotton and Mahatma Gandhi. The time frame depends on the size of the painting and the concept as well,” Mr. Prakash explains.

He exudes confidence that the life of each paining will be for five to six years, as oil colours are being used for the entire work.

The civic body is taking up the project as part of beautifying the city for the Kakinada Beach Festival scheduled to begin on January 11. “The idea is to cover all the compound walls of the public properties. The concepts are not just nature and sceneries, but they will also make us recall the contributions made by eminent personalities to the nation,” says S. Bhavani Sankar, deputy EE of the corporation.



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