In a funny yet unusual turn of events, an initiative to promote the recycling of rusted motorcycles turned into an unfortunate artistic catastrophe.
An activist group, Machhas against Metal, had organized an event at Marina Beach to propagate the message of recycling old petrol motorcycles as many of them ,in recent years, were being thrown into the Bay of Bengal leading to more pollution and killing of marine life as the parts were bleeding oil and paint.
The event was done in collaboration with 15 metal sculptures who were tasked to create art with old motorcycle metal parts who after a lot of brainstorming decided to recreate the Krishna Butterball, a tourist attraction on the outskirts of Chennai, at Marina beach.
After a month of on-the-spot day and night work, the installation got complete which was opened for the public through an event.
Journalists, Tollywood celebrities and many residents of Chennai came in large numbers to see the modern wonder.
The event seemed to be going fine with people filling their Instagram feed with stories and gathering likes by the kilo when the inevitably funny moment arrived.
You see the installation was not stable at its base and hence as a precautionary measure no one was allowed to touch it. But, when the chief guest, one who shall not be named due to copyright issues, walked to the structure to address the crowd the organisers didn’t expect him to carry on his traditional duties by breaking a coconut directly on the base of the structure.
That day he not only did break a coconut but also a lot of hearts in chennai. Political pundits say that his chances of winning the election again are now very grim.
According to one of the organisers, “Moving aside the unfortunate event, we think we have got the message across. You see after the revolution of 2019, it has become even more important to do more events like these so that the metal of old motorcycles rotting in our cities is taken care of and not discarded without any responsibility”.
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