This year Museum of Goa (MOG) celebrates Christmas with a unique Christmas tree using about six thousand mussel shells collected from near the Siolim River.
The 10 ft Christmas tree is created by artist Subodh Kerkar along with craftsmen Rakesh Gawas, Ramesh Priyolkar, Anil and Parshuram Kumbhar. The giant tree gives off a green glow when lit.
The mussel shells in the West Coast of India are green unlike the mussel shells found elsewhere generally, which are either black or blue. Artist, Subodh Kerkar says that the green mussel shells were an appropriate material for creating the Christmas tree not only because of the colour but also due to the underlying history of Christianity arriving in India through the ocean.
Subodh Kerkar has been creating works with mussel shells for over 10 years and has planted them on many shores of the world including Korea, Dubai, Australia and Denmark.
Every Christmas MOG pledges to create art from waste materials to promote and propagate the idea of reusing, recycling and upcycling. Last Christmas MOG created 15 feet high Christmas star using 10,000 recycled plastic bottles.
This year the Mussel Shell Christmas Tree will be on display at the Museum of Goa until the end of January.