New Delhi: Ahead of the G20 Summit, the national capital, Delhi, is gleaming with waste-to-art sculptures, murals, flower decorations, and street art depicting themes covering history, mythology, art, and culture. As a key stakeholder in the host city, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has undertaken a range of initiatives to clean-up the city and beautify it, while keeping an eye on environmental concerns, from plantation drives, garbage clean ups to Waste-to Art park.
Witness the vibrant transformation of Bhairon Marg, New Delhi, where MCD has created a Musical Masterpiece from scrap for the G20 Summit!@LtGovDelhi@OberoiShelly@GyaneshBharti1#G20Summit2023 pic.twitter.com/YtBT72fGYq
— Municipal Corporation of Delhi (@MCD_Delhi) September 3, 2023
Trash To Treasure: Delhi’s Waste-To-Art Park
The park has multiple art sculptures of the national birds and animals of the G20 member nations, and all are made from scrap materials. The park features the national birds and animals of the G20 nations.
Where to find the Waste-to-Art displays in Delhi?
The Waste-to-Art sculptures can be found at various locations, like Mahipalpur roundabout near the airport, which has an installation in the form of a sangeet mandali or musical group and classical dance mudras.
Besides, the National Science Museum at Bhairon Marg in Pragati Maidan, there are sculptures displaying the variety and richness of indigenous musical instruments. A portion of the abandoned drain adjoining the museum has also been developed into a beautifully landscaped garden with artwork made of waste products.
Apart from this, Kautilya Marg in Chanakyapuri has also got its ‘Waste to Art’ park, where models are made from scrap metal salvaged from construction sites and automobile waste dumps. The park will be open for the visitors on the eve of the G20 Summit and are based on the theme of ‘One Earth, One Family, One Future’ (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam).
Inaugurating the park in Chanakyapuri, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena said,
Development ki Dilli mein bahaar aa gayee hai (Delhi’s development is enriching). All efforts have been made to make the national capital shine, and the park is an effort in that direction. They are a gift to the people of Delhi.
These ‘Waste-To-Art’ projects are also covered as part of the initiative of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle (3Rs) under the Swachhta Survekshan 2023.
Talking about the sustainable initiative, MCD Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti, said that each sculpture has been handcrafted and is a testimony to the fact that waste can be turned into artistic objects in an aesthetic manner. He added,
The G20 Summit is a momentous occasion for our city and our country. We are fully committed to ensuring that Delhi shines as a gracious and welcoming host. We are leaving no stone unturned to make this event a memorable and successful one, not only for our international guests but for all our residents as well.
How Much Waste Has Been Utilised?
The MCD has utilised various automobile parts of old trucks, cars, metal plates, discarded electric poles, pipes, angles, bicycle rims and chains, nuts and bolts, iron bars, benches, and park grills, among others. According to the MCD, about seven to eight tons of waste has been used in the creation of the figures and statues.
In order to promote responsible waste disposal, decorative dustbins have also been strategically placed near high-traffic areas such as Buddha Jayanti Park Gate, Army Public School, bus stops, and other public gathering places.
The Summit will witness leaders from the group of 20 major economies of the world, including the US, Britain, Japan, South Korea, etc., who will discuss strategies and solutions to several key global issues, including climate financing, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and food security.
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