Hockey World Cup: Bhubaneswar all decked up to bedazzle

Bhubaneswar: With the Men’s Hockey World Cup round the corner, Bhubaneswar has been decked up with beautiful artistic works. While the international visitors to the city will get to see the 3D paintings on city walls, the art works across the smart city aims to give them an insight into the heart of the city of temples.

The art works prepared with earthen lamps, bamboo and laterite stones are spread over an area of 1.5 km in the old city area.

The art works, which are a part of an ‘Art Trail’ campaign, include a temple made out of earthen pots used for ‘Mahaprasad’, a fish created with lamps and a circular structure comprising various gods and goddesses.

A bamboo house inside water and ‘Chaya Mandir’ has been set up to attract visitors.

“The artistic works are so good that we come to visit the gallery every day. It has become a must-visit venue for us,” a visitor Anjana Patnaik said.

“My theme is ‘Reflection of Time and Nature’ which reflects the changes in things over a period of time through textiles,” said artist, Pankaja Sethi.

Another artist Vijayen Kumar Das said “Almost all the art works are interesting with artists bringing the spirit of old town with a unique perspective.”

“Art works have been put up in 24 places. These have been prepared in various kinds of natural materials which includes bamboo, laterite stones, earthen lamps and pots used for ‘Mahaprasad’ etc.,” Sukanya Rath, Project Director, Bhubaneswar Art Trail said.