Creating urban spaces into canvases for murals, has been a standing directive of the St+Art Festival, which the collective has been conquering quite nicely, if we say so.
The Delhi Street Art Festival, has been taking over quaint street corners and buildings all over the city, with the help of 20 phenomenal mural artists from around the world. Pictures, you ask? Here they are :
1. One of the festival’s Marquee projects ‘The Lodhi Art District’, aimed at completely invigorating the Lodhi Colony of Delhi. The mural below named, ‘Original Aboriginal’ is by artist Reko Rennie, whose work is influenced by his association with the Kamilaroi people, especially traditional geometric patterns that represent his community.
2. SUIKO from Hiroshima, Japan painted ‘The Lotus’ (the Indian national flower) in his signature twist of curved lines and Japanese characters.
3. Indian artist Anpu’s ‘Lava Tree’ is a treat for anyone who enjoys “:deep recesses of a dreamscape”. Spotted in Lodhi Colony, the mural shows how one thought could plague our minds and take over our opinions.
4. As our absolute favourite from the festival, the below mural was painted to represent various aspects of Indian culture, from typography elements to people of the city of Delhi who the artists found interesting. Colectivo Licuado and AlfAlfa (from Uruguay) dedicated the mural to the tea-vendor who sold tea right next to the wall, with a “This cart belongs to Chote Lal” in hindi typography.
5. ‘Padma’ by French artist Chifumi was inspired by the Padma Mudra.
6. Based in Delhi, Rakesh Kumar painted the gorgeous ‘Fusion Art’ which is a dedication to Gond art, native to Central India.
7. We had the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age…welcome to the ‘Garb Age’, beautifully painted by ‘Horus’.
8. The Swiss Duo NeverCrew’s work “examines the human condition and especially the relationship between mankind and nature and of mankind and its nature.”
In Lodhi Colony, the talented artists painted a technicolour meteorite with an astronaut lounging on top. The astronaut being a representation of someone who can see things from a different perspective.
9. Here’s the Nevercrew taking up Astronaut duties at the WIP show as well.
10. By artist Harsh Raman
11. By Inkbrushnme
12. Opening containers by artist Anpu at the WIP
13. ‘There is nowhere to go but everywhere’ by Ecb hendrik beikirch’s mural at the WIP – The Street Art Show. The artist thought the area around needed a human touch, therefore painted a regular Indian person who frequents the area, be it a rag picker or a trucker.
Netherlands’ Niels Shoe Meulman or ‘SHOE’ is a graffitti legend whose style has been called calligraffiti, an art form that infuses elements of graffiti and calligraphy. For St+art Delhi 2016, Niels Shoe Meulman did something he has never done before by painting a poem written by himself. Being a writer for over 35 years, Shoe decided to mix up all the influences he has had over the years to create this piece.
SANS SERIFS NO LETTERS
AND NO WORDS TO READ
SANS WORDS NO SIGNS
NO NAMES IN THE STREETS
JUST ROWS OF BUILDINGS
AND GARDENS SANS WEEDS
16. SHOE’s work at the WIP street art show.