Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Artist and Wife Paint Mural to Raise Awareness of Garbage Crisis in India

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Artist and Wife Paint Mural to Raise Awareness of Garbage Crisis in India

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Cdn man, wife behind Indian mural

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The mural overlooking a busy market in the northern Indian city of Dehradun shows the face of a young child peering over a wall, along with an ominous message.

"The greatest risk to our planet is thinking someone else will save it," it reads in big block letters.

The painting, completed earlier this week, is the work of You Only Always, a street art duo made up of Canadian artist Pan Trinity Das and his American wife Kyrie Maezumi.

The pair, who travel the world creating what they describe as "spiritual pop art," said the piece aims to raise awareness of India's mounting garbage crisis and took more than two days to finish.

"It's geared towards making people feel responsible for themselves," Maezumi, 37, said in a phone interview from Dehradun.

"The garbage problem in India is kind of unbelievable... it's just something that people need to become aware of," she said. "Hopefully it will help make a difference."

She acknowledged, however, that there's only so much people can do without the proper infrastructure in place.

"A lot of it is more of a fail on a government level," she said. "You can talk to people about recycling and all the things that are happening because of the pollution but they don't have a recycling facility, they don't have a trash truck that comes and picks up their garbage. …

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