One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and creativity knows no bounds when it comes to medium or how we create. This holds especially true for art installations made using piles of waste tyres and other waste materials that adorn the beaches in Kozhikode, Kerala.
For instance, On a pile of abandoned tyres near the trees is a board that spells out ‘You are under nature’s surveillance’ and many such similar boards exist around the beach as well. There are so many such curious items made of not just tyres but also used bottles and other things that would typically be considered waste.
For Midhun Viswanath and his team of friends under Chintha Arts and Craft, these all double up as resources with the potential to create unique installations. They are put up at the beaches under the aegis of the Kozhikode Municipal Corporation and the Department of Ports.
“Looking from the beach towards the shore, it looks like a ship. The lighthouse made of tyres rests on top of a tortoise that seems to be moving towards the sea,” said Midhun while explaining his work to The Hindu. A physical education teacher by profession, hailing from Unnikulam near Balussery in Kozhikode district who resigned from his job to pursue a career and recognition in the field of art and craftsmanship.
Midhun set up Chintha Arts and Craft collective to promote and encourage training. Of his endeavours, he told The Hindu, “I have represented Kozhikode district six times for making handicrafts from waste materials in the annual state-level work experience fair. Those certificates certainly came in handy while trying to convince the Corporation and other officials about my dream project.”
He further added, “We encourage people to think differently and hence the name Chintha.”
The team of six took three months to complete the installations that consist of a lighthouse and anchor made of tyres among other things.
The zero-budget installations are now open for visitors on the beach.
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