Shobha Manickam's apartment complex in Anna Nagar East. She works on them with her brush and oil paints. Thermocol, broken concrete pipe and stone slabs, even tree stumps, have undergone a make-over at her hands, attracting the attention of morning walkers and visitors to Ms Manickam's apartment complex.
Turning junk into artwork is an ongoing work with Ms Manickam. Her work has created a following among here neighbourhood residents, who look forward to seeing a new item added to her display now and then.
If we designate a pot on our driveway to a specified child, allowing her/him the freedom to work on it, we can count on a riot of colours, with each pot distinctly different from the rest. The plan is to make a start on Children's Day (Nov.14), when Mantri's children can choose their pot. They can oil-paint,water-colour or crayon the pots. Their work need not be completed in a day. Children would have freedom to draw/paint whatever they please. They can work at their own pace, evenings,weekends or whenever they want. Fun is in watching children give shape to their pots. Those who finish with a pot can take up another; and the exercise can go on till we are done with all the pots in the complex.