Bangalore, Oct 10 : In a unique endeavor to create awareness about the depleting greenery, illustrator artist in Bangalore made paper cut outs with slogans written on them hung on over one hundred fifty trees at a thoroughfare on the New BEL road.
Bangalore, which was once full of lush green trees, looks bare due to constant axing of trees.
The city today is heading towards becoming a concrete jungle with trees being constantly sacrificed to pave the way for roads, subways, highways and skyways.
Worried about the present scenario, SN Animisha and his friends inspired by Appiko and Chipko movement started this campaign in Bangalore to save trees.
For almost three months, he hunted for quotes related to conservation of nature and then with the help of his friends made paper cutouts of human figures and stuck them on trees along with these quotes.
"I was hunting for poems and quotes on nature for past three months. After reading many poems and verses on nature, I selected a few. My friends even helped me. I chose this road as it falls on my way to office and has many trees covering the road and forming a canopy," said Animisha.
Each poster showcases the quotations of famous people like Tom McMillan, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Shakespeare and Kannada scholars like saint Basaveshwara and Akkamahadevi and others.
From a distance, these paper cutouts appear like a person hugging a tree and catch the attention of the passers by.
Animisha's friends are elated of being a part of this campaign and feel that this was a unique plan.
"I find it very interesting as we don't have time to do anything because our work timing is like that. I wanted to make it successful," said Mohan, Animinisha's friend.
Bangalore's tree cover is fast disappearing. More than 19,000 trees have been cut in the last eight years. The city's green cover has reduced from over 15 per cent to eight per cent.
Residents have been complaining about the increase in temperature in the recent past and it can be safely attributed to merciless felling of trees. By K G Vasuki