An inimitable sculptural installation, ‘The Traffic Tree’— the first of its kind tree with over 87 traffic lights depicting various signals — was unveiled last week as part of the third anniversary celebrations of India’s only and Asia’s biggest Heritage Transport Museum tin New Delhi.
The tree, designed keeping in view the oncoming festive season, looks like a Christmas tree, was curated by the Museum's in-house team. “Traffic lights are such a common part of our daily lives that we rarely give them a second thought. With this installation the Museum pays a tribute to road safety and highlights the importance of traffic lights to its visitors,” said a beaming Tarun Thakral, the founder and managing trustee of the transport museum.
The Heritage Transport Museum, located 60km from the Indian capital, celebrated its third anniversary recently. “Over 2,000 visitors are expected to visit the museum during its third anniversary celebrations,” Thakral said.
Since the official opening of the museum on 7 December, 2013, and despite being 65 kms away from Central Delhi, the museum has inspired over 200,000 visitors till date. These visitors have comprised of school children through organized school trips, university students, domestic and foreign tourist groups, families from Delhi, Gurgaon and adjoining areas, members of various automobile clubs, architects, designers, researchers, etc
“We continue to challenge the belief that museums in India cannot be fun, inspiring and entertaining; Heritage Transport Museum has now become India's most popular museum and a favorite destination for visitors “said Thakral
During the current year the Museum won two prestigious awards - The National Tourism Award for being the most Innovative and Unique tourism project in the country and the 2016 Traveler's Choice Award by TripAdvisor. Only recently the museum also added two steam locomotive rail engines that were once the pride of the nation.
Visitors are enthralled by the various installations of the museum — ranging from hand-drawn carts and buggies to new age cars and motorcycles — as it has something for every age. In addition to its magnificent collection of vehicles from a bygone era, a series of activities too has been planned keeping families in mind.
Visitors were able to enjoy rides on horse carts and camel carts, try their skills at painting a Mercedes sedan, create various shapes by learning the art of traditional pottery, participate in tyre races, fly kites and take a tour of the museum that depicts India’s transport history.
- S A H RIZVI