As citizens of Nepal, we find ourselves relying on a system that continually delays crucial development projects due to its self-interest and disorganization. Our Urban Parks Project was no exception to this system. There is limited space for new ideas and collaborative processes here and the public domain is controlled by layers of traditional thinking. As an artist, I challenge and encourage authorities to bring art and innovative designs into public domain.
The art I am referring to is eco-art. Our project strives to turn neglected spaces into green spaces from urban parks to the trees and plants that dots the sidewalks. To transform these dull spaces, I am collaborating with architects who selflessly contribute their time towards doing surveys and designing urban spaces. Over the years I have developed partnerships with like-minded individuals from various disciplines. Such collaboration requires dedication, motivation, patience and consistency in order to tackle the complexity of our social dynamics.
Even though the Mayor is very supportive towards this initiative, we are well aware of the rigid processes of our country that are so institutionalized. People have dim hope about government projects so we are trying to find alternative ways to avoid delays and bureaucratic hassles. The administrators fail to provide finances required for research, design and our time. Corrupt politicians, on the other hand, want their cut from the budget allocated for the parks. Government procurement causes a hindrance such that it may cause the collapse of the entire Project . Despite all odds, we are working voluntarily creating a movement to encourage public discoures and engender civic pride for positive change