To make public art an integral part of buildings and public spaces in the New Delhi Municipal Council, the civic body area has come up with a detailed policy framework under which a total of Rs. 5 crore has been earmarked per year to be spent on installing structures to promote public art in the city.

The policy was presented at a press conference held at NDMC headquarters in Palika Kendra here in the past week.

To begin with, the civic body would be installing a 30-feet tall stainless steel ‘Banyan Tree' in the lawns of New Delhi City Centre, which earlier housed the headquarter of the Commonwealth Games. The ‘Tree' has been designed by artist Subodh Gupta.

According to the civic body the basic idea behind this project is to bring people closer to art. Mr.Gupta said: “A tree is something which one relates to not only universally but the Banyan tree has a special place in the heart of Indians. It will be a visual treat for the people of Delhi.”

“Whenever a tourist enters a city the first thing he looks for is a landmark. While Delhi has a lot of monumental buildings but as far as contemporary art is concerned we are lagging behind. The installation of this stainless steel structure is a step in that direction,” he added.

The civic agency is planning to install similar structures in other parts of the city to give them an aesthetic facelift.

The ‘Tree' structure would take at least nine months to install and would cost Rs 3 crore. According to Mr.Gupta, the moulding of the tree would be done abroad and it would match the size of a tree.

NDMC spokesperson Anand Tewari said, “Presently, the only examples of public art in the city are India Gate, Teen Murti, Dandi March, Yaksh and Yakshini at the RBI head office and the stainless steel sprout structures at the AIIMS crossing.”

As part of NDMC's policy to promote public art in the city