The ‘Flight of the Flamingo ‘, is a landscape design proposal for a set of traffic islands in the suburbs of Mumbai with a visually engaging art installation. It is a not only an aesthetic contribution to the chaotic cityscape but also a tribute to the arduous journey of Flamingos to their endangered second home- the Sewri mudflats in the vicinity.
With the aim of celebrating the survival instincts of these birds, the concept was to visually replicate their fast disappearing wetland habitat. Carefully selected plant material of stark colors and textures planted in an informal, organic manner represented the wilderness of the marshlands. Five Flamingo sculptures in stainless steel were to saunter on the greens, the last of which was poised to take off. During the day the neutral colour of steel and the multi-colored planting complement each other and beyond dusk, the carefully placed uplighters render the birds light cherry pink, which against the changing skyline of Mumbai produces dramatic effects.
This project is a brilliant example of the transformation of a seemingly innocuous and mundane requirement into an urge for awareness of our environment around, while also making a small contribution to the city.
Publications: A photo feature ‘The Pink Affair’ by Rujuta Ranade was published by in the Journal of Landscape architecture, issue no 45, Oct 2015.
An article ‘Public realm of Design’ by Frederick Ribeiro was featured in Domus India in Vol 05/issue8, June-July 2016.
to beautify a cluster of three traffic islands with an intent of corporate branding
highly visible traffic island, transformed into a mini wetland garden with its floral and faunal components in place