The art of protest

On November 6, 2016, I was among those organizing the Citizens for Bangalore Satyagraha at Freedom park. The event was a peaceful demonstration to fight the 2000 Crore steel flyover.

Crowds poured in by the hundreds

It was a day of celebration — with musicians from across the city performing and lending their weight to the movement. The real star of the show was however the art on display.

Baadal Nanjundaswamy’s tree cemetary stole the show. It became a photo booth, with the public thronging to have their photo taken at the site.

Baadal Nanjundaswamy’s tree cemetary

The posters were also a treat!

Hand made posters at the protest

And last but not least, was my own installation. “The tree of life” was my attempt at an art installation, involving oxygen masks falling down from the trees with messages intertwined in the pipes.

The image below is an early photograph, as I was putting the installation together.

The tree of life

I wish there were better photographs post completion, but such is life and art.

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