• Visual artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy created the temporary art installation on Sultan Palya road in RT Nagar..Facebook/Baadal Nanjundaswamy
  • The Bengaluru civic authorities covering the pothole, where laid the crocodile once.Facebook/Baadal Nanjundaswamy
  • Visual artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy.Facebook/Prathibha Nandakumar

In what can be considered an artistic way to protest, artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy filled a 12-foot-long pothole with a life-size fibre crocodile and painted the surrounding area in green and yellow on the busy Sultan Palya Main Road in RT Nagar, Bengaluru, on Thursday.

"A drinking water pipe broke about a month ago. The subsequent rain and constant traffic has eroded the road creating a big pothole. Authorities have showed no response to rectify it. Locals have complained to the BBMP and the BWSSB to no avail. I am hoping they will take some action now," Nanjundaswamy told The Indian Express.

The symbolic protest by Nanjundaswamy turned out to be fruitful as authorities from Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has covered the pothole with concrete the very next day.

The move came apparently after the photos of Nanjundaswamy's art went viral on social media. The images of the pothole, before and after art installation, were posted on Facebook by Bangalore Mirror chief-photographer Anantha Subramanyam K.

"Citizens passing through Sultanpalya Main Road were surprised this afternoon when a large crater in the road that has been inconveniencing them for over a month got a big makeover!" he said in the description of the photos uploaded on 18 June.

Nanjundaswamy's art installation is believed to have attracted the attention of Bengaluru civic authorities towards the pothole-filled roads in the city.

His initiative was highly appreciated by the social media users as well as local residents.