A designer table made from a broken refrigerator door. A black-and-white photograph of a broken-down Mumbai skyscraper, signifying the inevitable decay of urban environment.
These are some of the entries for Your Environment – An Art Experiment — a competition and exhibition that will be a part of the week-long Ecofest to be organised by city-based environment forums, The Root and Mocha Treehuggers.
The festival will be held in the first week of June to mark World Environment Day, which falls on June 5.
The exhibition-cum-competition is aimed at creating a gallery of creative messages about environmental concerns, and is open to everyone from painters, photographers and sculptors to poets, illustrators or just ordinary doodlers.
The Root will accept entries up to May 26 and the best works will be displayed at Mocha Mojo in Bandra during Ecofest and the Mocha Arthouse gallery in Delhi later in the year.
“We want to give people an opportunity to take a break from their busy lives and connect with the city and its environment,” said Nitesh Mohanty, a graphic designer who co-founded The Root three months ago as a platform to propagate social and environmental issues through various art forms and merchandise. “The project will also be a unifying factor among artists themselves.”
Mohanty has received five entries so far through The Root’s facebook page, and many artists have taken the project seriously.
Photographer Jai Ranjit, 23, from Vile Parle, for instance, has sent in black and white images depicting changes in the city in the past two decades, including increasing high-rises and cheek-to-cheek buildings that won’t allow even a fire engine to pass through.
“My art is about getting people to question their surroundings and I shoot with an old, manual film camera to suggest that perhaps, we need to go back to an older way of life,” said Ranjit.
For architect and designer Arjun Rathi, the event will be an opportunity to showcase his unique furniture designs made from scrap and recycled materials. “Such events are a great way to spread awareness about recycling,” said Rathi.
The Ecofest week will also include a heritage walk through Bandra’s Ranvar village and screening of documentaries with environment as their theme.