'Why' by DAKU

'WHY' by DAKU, October 2019, Hussain Sagar Lake

Studies estimate there are now 150 million metric tons of plastics in the world's oceans, adversely affecting our marine ecosystem. Plastic-dumping is choking our oceans and governments across nations have begun to take measures to curb the growing menace of plastic pollution.

In response to a global problem, anonymous street artist DAKU, known for his incisive commentary on contemporary issues, created a massive installation in the form of a question mark (‘?’) using close to 3,00,000 recycled plastic bottles. Titled ‘Why’, this installation was placed on Hyderabad's iconic Hussain Sagar Lake for one month.

Commissioned by the Government of Telangana on the occasion of the Hyderabad Design Week organised by India Design Forum, ‘Why’ was inaugurated on 9th October 2019. The installation also produced its own light through solar-powered LED which made it visible constantly through the day and night.

'WHY' - being constructed on Hussain Sagar Lake, Hyderabad, September 2019

Public art plays a fundamental role in spreading socially relevant messages in a strong, direct and understandable manner and urban art interventions like Why are crucial to create awareness and start building sensitivity for a more sustainable future.

'?' aimed to raise questions within its viewers - what can citizens do? What can governments and corporations do? Where do we go from here? What is the alternative?
These questions were posed to citizens, tourists, civic bodies and corporations alike, in the hope of a solution.

The installation provoked spectators to not only take note of the growing number of problems associated with single use plastics, but also to self-reflect and start looking for alternatives.