Wheels of innovation


From clocks and mirrors to playground gear, this architect close to Madurai has used the lockdown to upcycle discarded tyres

At the 20th milestone from Madurai on the Chennai freeway, architect N Umar Farook is busy giving second life to discarded tyres of all sizes. His small workshop below a tin shed is now stuffed with 50 merchandise he created through the lockdown. Customers have began putting orders, he says, incredulous at how a pandemic helped him to dwell his dream.

After getting his structure diploma Umar was busy with designing eating places, lodges and homes in Melur, his native place. A want to assist the setting stayed in his thoughts from his faculty days. “I grew up in a house close to the highway and saw enough worn-out non-biodegradable tyres dumped in landfills. I always felt there should be a way to repurpose them.”

When COVID-19 stored him indoors the previous few months, the 25-year-old selected to show tyres into clocks, mirrors, fire-extinguisher holders, playground gear similar to swings, slides and see-saws; and furnishings together with tables, chair seats, couch units and planters in numerous shapes. As roads, markets and companies fell silent, Umar felt it was the appropriate time to start out turning his dream into actuality. And so Umar went round accumulating discarded tyres from wherever he discovered them — by the roadside, in junkyards or folks’s backyards.

Wheels of innovation

A artistic thoughts sees magnificence in junk and with little assist from the web, Umar rapidly acquired into cleansing, slicing and portray the tyres to construct a listing of merchandise. “It is a low investment start-up and the returns are already showing. So far I have orders for punching bags, swings, flower holders and customised seating arrangements.”

Wheels of innovation

Umar made all of the samples himself however is now taking a look at using assist relying on the orders. His little workshop, the place he makes and shows the objects, peeps out like a vibrant enjoyable house whenever you flip in in direction of Sivagangai off the Melur Main Road. “I used oil paints on the tyres as they are long lasting and look bright,” he says.

The artistic spot is new on this stretch of highway and is arousing folks’s curiosity. Ever for the reason that lockdown was lifted many locals and travellers have stopped by, he says, glad that his small-scale environment-friendly effort is getting observed. “Upcycling is a hot trend in bigger metros. In small places like ours, it is encouraging to see people putting on their green glasses.”

Wheels of innovation

Umar, who runs his personal structure agency, is now passionate about extending his portfolio. He says he desires to make the general public parks look totally different and is constructing a listing of areas in and round Madurai the place his artistic installations, seats or play gear might be put up. “When ones sees trash in a different light the moment is overwhelming and emotional.”

Wheels of innovation

Saying he desires to lend his creativeness and innovation to as many public areas as doable as a result of COVID-19 has shifted the main focus to purposeful dwelling, Umar says “What better way to do so than the artistic upcycling of the wheels of progress?”

Umar Farook may be contacted on 9600278994

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