The Indian graffiti artist ‘Daku’, who remains anonymous and uses mainly shadow plays in his works, has returned to an impressive job, in the form of a work of art. He has made a social comment on a crisis situation in the country, that of the depletion of groundwater reserves in the main cities of India.
In a post on social networks, the artist explained that this time, his “experiments with shadows” have been carried out in the city of Chennai, where he has worked on a wall that shows people queuing to fill their buckets.
“I wanted to work on the themes that keep repeating themselves in history. Chennai has a long history of water crisis. The city was not destined for the type of metropolis it is today, ”he wrote in the caption.
“On June 19, 2019, Chennai city officials declared ‘Day Zero’, indicating that the water in the city had run out as the four main reservoirs supplying water had dried up. Twenty-one cities in India will run out of groundwater by 2020, affecting about 100 million people, says a NITI Ayog report, “continued the artist.
Explaining the mural, Daku said it “looks like a problem,” “mimicking the crisis itself and appearing only when the sun rises, to reveal the ramifications of this water shortage. The waiting for the image acts as a metaphor for the waiting for water in the city, but also for time itself, reappearing year after year ”.
The work has been done for the St + art India Foundation, which has also shared the artwork on their page, revealing that it has been done in the Kannagi Art District, along with “@asianpaints, @chennaicorp, @csclofficial and Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board ”.
The mural can be found in Kannagi Nagar and “marks the culmination of the second edition of Kannagi Art District.”