The Subhash Bose Park sandwiched between Park Avenue and the Ernakulam backwaters and facing the harbour is the most scenic and tranquil public space in the city. As the city chokes with ever-growing traffic and congested living conditions, this park has become the green lung and breathing space for the citizens of Kochi. It is a welcoming public green where the people of Kochi come with their families and children and spend time away from their daily grind. The Subhash Chandra Bose Park was given a major changeover in tune with the changing times and demands of the people of the City.
The Centre for Heritage, Environment and Development (c-hed) has been assigned the management and maintenance of the park by the Council of the Kochi Municipal Corporation. A major major maintenance and management plan was worked out by c-hed to protect the ecological integrity of the park . The project is ongoing.
Restoration of Sculptures in Subhash Bose Park
Around the Southern quarter of the park are several stunning sculptures and installations that were in a state of neglect. These had a glorious story of its own. These are the works of 14 eminent artists who converged to participate in the first International Symposium of Sculptors (Sculptors Camp) held in the Park in 1990 jointly by the Kalapeedom and the Kochi Municipal Corporation. Of the fourteen, seven were from different countries of the world and seven were from India. Symposium of Sculptors was coordinated by Hiroshi Mikami, the renowned Japanese sculptor along with T. Kaladharan, Director of Kerala Kalapeedom with support from the Kochi Municipal Corporation.
In order to restore these marvelous sculptures in the park, a major restoration plan was prepared by c-hed along with their future care, protection and maintenance to merge with the ambience. In this regard , a Sculpture restoration camp was held from 23rd January , 2018 to 4th February 2018.The mini art camp organised saw the participation of related artists who restored their works that were damaged and also made presentation of the works and interacted with the public. A hand book of these sculptures is also under preparation as part of the restoration work.