Tucked away inside the verdant meadows of the Wagamon hills, they shared the artistic space to illustrate the human relationship with Nature and the environmental problems faced by the planet.
Aimed at engaging the public in conversations about the environment, a unique art camp attended by 17 artists from different parts of the country was held at Vazhikadavu near Wagamon last week.
The programme, which took off to a start on April 24, was organised jointly by Jesuit South Asia, Gujarat Jesuit Ecology Mission, Company of Artist for Radiance of Peans and Tarumitra.
Among the issues that were brought to focus during the camp were the perils of excess tourism in the Wagamon Hills and the systematic destruction of the Meenachil river wetland system – the lifeline of Kottayam.
As many as 200 children were also part of the camp, which also comprised classes on ecological awareness and various group activities.
According to the organisers, the camp will be followed up by various long-term and short-term programmes for restoring the ecologically fragile Wagamon landscape. The Meenachil River Protection Forum and Mitraniketan were also associated with the event.