- COVID Vaccine auto has been designed along with Greater Chennai Corporation
- Painted in light blue colour, the auto features a vaccine vial at the top
- Syringes protruding from auto's sides have been carved from waste mater
New Delhi: On one hand is the ongoing fight against the pandemic and on the other is the equally potent battle against misinformation. Both are real and both need to be fought and won. At a time when there is universal consensus about vaccines being the only weapon to tame the spread of coronavirus and prevent another deadly wave, the problem of vaccine hesitancy is also a reality. It is this latter cause that Chennai-based artist B. Gowtham has taken on.
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Since spreading awareness and empowering people with the correct information about vaccines is the only way to shred any doubts that people may have, the artist decided to get creative. Mr Gowtham designed an auto-rickshaw with vaccination as the main theme.
The core idea is to create awareness among people about how vaccine is important to build immunity in our communities faster and can get back to normal lives, says Mr. Gowtham.
Painted in light blue colour, the auto-rickshaw features a large replica of vaccine vial mounted at the top and syringes protruding from all sides. Mr Gowtham, who is the founder of the art firm, ‘Art Kingdom’, created this mobile art piece using waste pipes, recycling old plastic bottles and other discarded materials.
Many people are afraid of getting vaccinated. Through this special auto, I hope to make people understand the importance of vaccines, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Gowtham told ANI, a news agency.
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Take A Look At COVID-19 Vaccine Auto
Mr Gowtham, in association with the Greater Chennai Corporation, has been creating awareness about SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the pandemic. Last year in April, the COVID warrior also created ‘Corona Auto’ and ‘Corona helmet’, to spread awareness about the infectious disease and the best ways to prevent it by wearing mask, maintaining social distance and hand hygiene. The Corona Auto was used to distribute masks to people who were spotted without it.
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The earlier COVID-19 inspired auto was made using 163 plastic bottles to create the body of the deadly virus. The auto was painted in hues of red. Highlighting the use of plastic bottles for the cause, artist Gowtham added,
People use plastic bottles and throw them on the road carelessly. The idea to use these plastic bottles is to make people aware that they should not do this. Moreover, during this crucial time of coronavirus, people should take extra precautions and not dump the used plastic bottles carelessly.
The team at the Art Kingdom had also created a Corona helmet that was given to police officials in Chennai to stop people at the checkpoint who were caught breaking coronavirus rules. The idea was to create awareness among citizens.
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(With inputs from ANI)
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