Two Bangloreans come up with a unique solution to the city’s pothole problem

Pothole art and activism has many proponents across the world. In Bengaluru, artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy and Prathaap B. use art and science, respectively, to tackle a phenomenon that is more than just an eyesore.
  • Artist Baadal Nanjundaswamy (left) transform this water-logged pothole at Bengaluru’s busy Sultanpalya traffic junction into a green pond with a fibre crocodile, sourced overnight from a fellow artist and positioned in a crater that had been an eyesore for three months, which also got him global fame when it went viral. AFP
  • Another of Nanjundaswamy quirky installation. He transforms this pothole in Bengaluru into a lagoon full of lotus flowers. Shailendra Bhojak/PTI
  • Filling a pothole is not rocket science, says Benguluru’s ‘Pothole Raja’, Prathaap B. “I wish more people would do it.” He’s also lobbying automobile companies to participate in his initiative. Hemant Mishra/Mint
  • Prathaap uses a flat handheld tool to smoothen the surface and compact the asphalt to fill up a pothole in Benguluru. WhatsApp Prathaap at +91-814 POTHOLE and he’ll repair the pothole for you for a fee. Hemant Mishra/Mint
  • Chicago artist Jim Bachor raises money on Kickstarter to fund his pothole mosaics.
  • In Russia, angry citizens have painted caricatures of local officials around the mouths of potholes. Many of these efforts go viral.
Bad roads (potholes, speedbreakers and damaged thoroughfares) killed 10,727 people across India in 2015, according to the Union surface transport ministry’s annual road accident report.