Chennai Has A Funky New Coronavirus-Themed Auto Rickshaw

by Sanjana Shenoy
Chennai Has A Funky New Coronavirus-Themed Auto Rickshaw

Every since the coronavirus pandemic took place, bizarre incidents have been following. From coronavirus themed foods from across the world,  coronavirus-shaped car in Hyderabad to interesting animals taking over the streets of popular cities during lockdown. The latest addition to this list is a coronavirus themed auto rickshaw in Chennai. Yes! You heard it right, folks in Chennai can actually travel in an auto modelled around the virus.

Coronavirus-Themed Auto Rickshaw Chennai
Picture Credits: Reuters

What’s In It?

In an attempt to raise awareness on coronavirus, an auto-rickshaw driver in Chennai took things up a notch by travelling in an auto made along the spokes of the virus. The pictures of the auto have been doing the rounds of social media and they are as bizarre as they are educational. The auto-rickshaw driver was seen romancing the streets of Chennai amid the lockdown with his coronavirus themed auto.

The auto is painted red in colour with large spokes and bulbs jutting out of the auto’s body. It’s really horrifying, but this is an auto you can catch easily. Another highlight of this auto is that this coronavirus design is made with 165 plastic bottles. The artist behind this, B Gowtham, said “People use plastic-bottles and throw them on the road carelessly. The idea to use these plastic bottles is to make people aware that they should not do this. Moreover, during this crucial time of coronavirus, people should take extra precautions and not dump the used plastic bottles carelessly.”

Picture Credits: B Gowtham

What’s More?

The artist, B. Gowtham, behind this coronavirus themed auto stated to the news agency ANI that the idea behind this is to create awareness among citizens who don’t wear masks. So people will have to be ready to pay fines if they won’t wear masks. Greater Chennai Corporation made a compulsory law that everyone should wear a mask. Whoever doesn’t wear a mask will be fined ₹100 and will also be given masks to people who are don’t have one or are less fortunate. The talented artist is also the founder of Chennai based art organization called Art Kingdom.

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#coronaauto The largest ever creative for #coronaawareness. Happy to make the traditional auto in the corona form. The best part of the work… It consist of over 160+ water bottles as the spikes of the corona. Very happy to create this for our #gcc especially for @albyjohnv sir. Still people litter on roads, by asymptomatic people if they litter the used bottles or spit in public the chances of spreading corona is high. So to mention it i created with littered water bottles. The super creative part of this awareness – the idea of spot fine of 100rs for the people who wander without mask as per #gcc rule and also from #southchennai 5 fresh masks are given to them for future use. Team – @kinggowtham @pugazh_art @i_am_jaikrishnan #sathish Dedicating this auto for our #chennai ❤️ #coronahelmet #coronaauto #coronaart #artkingdom #king

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In the past, a policeman was seen wearing a coronavirus helmet, created by the same artist in Chennai to attract the attention of passersby and create awareness for the same. The policeman took an unusual approach to restrict people on the roads and educate them about the virus and the importance of staying at home.

Picture Credits: B Gowtham

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And even though the country is slowly recuperating, there are people who still step out in spite of being reprimanded. So it’s nice to see people taking the creative route to inform people about the virus and the significance of home quarantine. So while you may not be able to commute in the interesting coronavirus themed auto-rickshaw, you can definitely marvel at this creation from your home. Here Are 10 Gorgeous Towns In The World To Visit After The Coronavirus Lockdown Ends