People Pay Respects to the Hindu God With A Massive 5.5 Ton Banana Sculpture of Lord Ganesh

Every year, in Hinduism Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated annually to mark the birth of Lord Ganesha, the God of new beginnings and a fresh start. The festival falls in the month of Bhadra, according to the Hindu calendar and in August/September according to the Gregorian calendar.

In 2017, the elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesh was paid tribute to with a massive sculpture made of thousands of bananas.

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In the Indian city of Sambalpur in Odisha, a group called Natraj Club payed their respects to the Hindu God by creating a 25-foot-tall Ganesh statue made by 5.5 tons of bananas. All the work was done by 11 members of Natraj Club, who created this masterpiece back in 2017 as a fruit of 75 days of work in a row.

To build this colossal figure, the creators used thousands of green and un-ripened bananas, which didn’t go to waste. After the festival ended, the bananas turned yellow and were give out to the poor.

This is not the first time Natraj Club is creating these magnificent sculptures. In previous years, they recreated the Ganesh god with biodegradable materials such as coconuts, sweet boondi ladoos, and conch shells.

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The 25-foot-tall sculpture was created by 5.5 tons of bananas which were later given to the poor.

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It took 11 people and 75 days of work to finalize the project.

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NYC Subway Station Gets Remodeled in Colorful Dog Mosaics

Art in public transportation can make stations more than just places to wait. Mainly, because subway stations can be very gloomy and boring. Thus, an artsy way to spice up these public transportations is always a good idea. It is almost like it gives an identity to that space. And when people pass by to go to work or run errands, instead of a blank wall, they would have the chance to look at something brighter and happier. And it might slightly make their day better.

Accordingly, two different artists gathered together to make this American subway a place to present dogs in mosaics. And honestly who wouldn’t love an art piece whose a dog is featured in it. Especially if they are dressed in human clothes.

William Wegman is the author of the murals he is well known for the beautiful portraits of his pet. So the portraits of this famous dog were turned into highly detailed mosaics by German artist Mayer of Munich. William stated that “I wanted to create portraits of individual characters, people who you might see next to you on the platform,”

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William adopted his dog Weimaraner in the 70s, oddly the dog became one of his main inspirations. Making him change his attention from painting to photography. But also got William into the most creative groove, thus he made most of his famous work portraits of Weimaraners wearing clothing. 

The message the artist wanted to convey was that he was eager to show portraits of everyday individuals. That you might see on the subway platform “For these, I dressed the dogs in more or less ordinary clothes, nothing too fashionable” so the portraits presented in the subway could be more relatable.

And as you may see the results are fantastic. It makes me go and visit the NYC subway just to take some pictures of this delightful piece of work. But what do you think?! Are you in the same mind as me? However, don’t forget to let us know in the comment down below. And check more about the artist in the connect tab.

In collaboration with artist William Wegman, they installed colorful mosaics in the newly renovated 23rd Street F/M subway station.

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Dogs dressed in ordinary clothes, nothing “too fashionable” so the portraits presented in the subway could be more relatable.

William Wegman

Instead of a blank wall, they would have the chance to look at something brighter and happier. And it might slightly make their day better.

William Wegman

See more of William’s vibrant mosaics below!

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