Recently with the efforts and creative minds of South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) the most innovative and environment friendly park has been inaugurated. Yes, I am talking about the “Waste to Wonder Park” which is spread over seven acres in Rajiv Gandhi Smriti Van near Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi.
This park embraces the various Wonders of the World at one place! The ‘Waste to Wonder Park’ features the replicas of iconic edifices from across the world.
This Waste to Wonder park is home to replicas of some of the most visited monuments in the world like “the great pyramid of Giza“, “the leaning tower of pisa“, “collosuem“,” statue of liberty“, “christ the redeemer“, “taj mahal” and “eiffel tower.”
But what makes these structures unique is that these have been constructed from waste materials like scrap metal, discarded auto parts, procured from the landfills of the city.
By using around to 80 tonnes of waste, the replicas of wonders of the world were created in around six months.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is the governing body behind the construction of this park.
So first of all you have to buy the entry tickets from this ticket counter.
The ticket is free for the children below the age of three years and for senior citizens above the age of 65. And Rs 25 is the entry fee for children between the age group of 3-12 years and for adults, the entry fee is Rs 50.
The online ticket booking facility for visiting the park is not available as of now. So, Visitors can buy tickets from the manual ticket counters at the entry of the park.
People behind the Construction of Waste to Wonder –
Now who are the People behind the construction: So behind the construction of this park , As many as five artists, seven supporting artists and 70 welders and helpers were involved. The idea of the park came from the similar 7 wonders park which is in Kota, Rajasthan.
So without any further ado let’s check out all the wonders of the world!
Great Pyramid of Giza
So the very first replica here is the “Great Pyramid of Giza.”
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex in Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact.
The 110 layer structure has been created using 10,800 feet scrap angles weighing 10-12 tonnes by Patra Pijush from Vadodara.
Leaning Tower Of Pisa
Next in the lane is the “Leaning tower of Pisa.”
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world known for its unintended tilt.
The tower’s tilt began during construction in the 12th century, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure’s weight. This 39 feet replica was built using 10.5 tonnes of waste at 60-80 degree angle.
While 211 arches spread out in eight storeys have been fabricated from cycle rim, diamond designs in between the arches have been made from metal sheets and pipes have been used to give the look of pillars.
Now the next wonder don’t need any introduction i guess. Yes, it is the Eiffel Tower.
70 feet tall twin of wrought-iron lattice Eiffel Tower originally from Paris, France, has been created using 40 tonnes of automobile waste including petrol tanks from trucks, clutch plates, C channels (structural channel used in construction), and angles.
All the three floors of the replica were created separately and then assembled with the help of a crane. The replica created by artist Sandip Pisalkar from Vadodara, does do justice to the original structure
The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. The Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre built during the Roman Empire. Inaugurated in 80 AD, it offered gladiator fights, executions and animal hunts.
Taking inspiration from the same, SDMC commissioned 16’ 6” replica of the Colosseum in Delhi using seven tonnes of waste including electric poles, metal railings, bench, automobile spare parts and other scrap metal. Also, 410 car wheels have been used to make arches.
And this one is everyone’s favorite, the symbol of love – Taj Mahal.
Replica of the Taj Mahal, symbol of love was created in five and a half months with the help of 24 labourers and 30 tonnes of waste. The beautiful metal structure has been crafted using 1600 cycle rings, electric pole pipes, old pans, park benches, swings, angles, truck springs and sheets. While domes have been created using 2” pipes (cut into pieces), truck sheets have been used to create intricate design and window and door frame has been made using benches.
Christ the Redeemer
Next wonder is the replica of Christ the Redeemer.
Christ the Redeemer is an Art Deco statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. that was built as a symbol of Brazilian Christianity.
Square pipes from benches have been put horizontally to make the pedestal, electric poles have been placed vertically to make lower part of the statute’s dress. Also, engine parts have been used to replicate the detailing in the hands and motorbike chains have been used to create hair.
This replicas has been constructed by Vadodara based artist Shubham, and was built in almost five months.
The Statue of Liberty
However, this wonder is not counted as one of the Wonders of the World but it is one of the most visitedd monuments and is most popular.
“The Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World” was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the United States and is recognized as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy. The Statue of Liberty is more than a monument. She is a beloved friend, a living symbol of freedom to millions around the world.
35 feet tall replica of the Statue Of Liberty has been created using seven to eight tonnes of waste by 31-year-old Zakir, a Delhi based artist.
While the pedestal has been created using old pipes, metal railings and angles, giving the look of bricks, circular rings on it have been created using car rims. In her left hand, Roman liberty goddess holds a tablet carved from a MCD bench and metal sheets and in the right hand, she holds a torch fabricated from old bike and its chain. Lastly, her hair has been made using cycle chains.
So these were all the 7 wonders here in Waste to Wonder Park.
Now the question is how to reach here.
How to reach –
The nearest metro station to reach here is Hazrat Nizamuddin on the Pink Line of Delhi Metro. It is also near Sarai Kale Khan bus terminal in South-East Delhi.
Now, the SDMC is also planning to allow pre-wedding and film shoots in the park as well, however they have not disclosed the prices yet.
Apart from recycling waste materials to create the installations, the park has also taken other measures to cut down its carbon footprint, like using solar power to meet its electricity needs.
Also, to make the park self-sustainable, solar panels have been installed on the rooftops of the washroom and there three solar trees in the park, which capture energy from sunlight and wind for producing energy.
Apart from solar panels there is also a wind mill that adds to the park’s capability to generate electricity for itself.
The waste turned into artistic masterpieces also gives a message of recycling waste and embracing renewable energy for sustainable and environment-friendly future.
And honestly, “Before seeing these works, it was impossible for me to imagine that scrap art can be so wonderful and beautiful!
So go ahead plan your visit to this beautiful “Waste to Wonder Park” and share your experience with us.
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