Bengaluru, Oct 13: An artist in Bengaluru has turned a pothole on a road into a mermaid’s living space in Cubbon Park Juction area on Friday. The initiative has reportedly been taken by renowned street artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy, assisted by Kannada movie actor Sonu Gowda, to protest against the Karnataka government over the potholes deaths that have been reported in the city since over a month.

Nanjundaswamy is the same artist who forced the Bengaluru’s civic agency, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), to repair potholes with his crocodile installation. The artist, this time, has made a wonderful use of a huge pothole filled with rainwater which he has converted into a mermaid’s living space. He began working on the same early in the morning on Friday and completed the art work before 8.30 AM to avoid disrupting traffic.

A total of four lives have been claimed by the deadly potholes in Bengaluru in just a week. Holding a press conference on Thursday, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah instructed BBMP to start the repair work of potholes ‘immediately’ and make the city roads pothole free within a fortnight.

On Tuesday, a woman riding pillion on a two-wheeler was killed after a rammed the vehicle as the rider tried to avoid a pothole near Devanahalli. On the other hand, three days ago, another woman was run over by a truck after the motorcycle she was riding pillion skidded near Nayandahalli and an elderly couple lost their lives when a bus ran over them at Mysuru road flyover as they were trying to avoid a pothole.