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Art Station at Arjan Garh Metro Station

Arjan Garh Metro Station, Delhi

2017

In 2017, the Arjan Garh metro station became the second Art Station in the city of New Delhi.

The 'Art Stations’ project is an endeavour to transform transit spaces into walk-through galleries for the public. Done in collaboration with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the project is an opportunity to offer road and metro commuters of Delhi a cultural experience through murals in a democratic and accessible way. During St+art Delhi 2016, the Govindpuri metro station had become the first Art Station in the city.

The Arjan Garh station was transformed into a wonderfully vibrant space by Singaporean artists Samantha Lo and Soph O. Mexican artist Senkoe, and Indian artist Nilesh also painted on the metro station, making it a true blend of ideas and cultures. The project aimed to celebrate nature and four different artists with four different styles collaborated to actualize it.

Through their piece, Sam and Soph tried to highlight the richness of the flora and fauna that prevailed in that part of the city, which used to be a forest before urban developments. Their use of bright colours and intricate patterns captivated the viewers who saw their work. The artists wanted their work to remind people about the beauty these creatures inherently possess as well as pay homage to their spirit of survival.

For walls inside the metro station, artist Nilesh, through his murals and his distinctive style, narrated the indigenous identity of spaces and the personal stories of people. He painted the inner walls of the station with animals such as monkeys and peacocks, which are commonly found in and around the area.

Nilesh Reveals Arjan Garh Metro St Art DMRC Project 2017 Akshat Nauriyal 1

In addition to these artists, volunteers Pranav and Abhishek Daga painted the staircase leading to the concourse on one side, and in-house artists Sid and Dutta Raj painted the stairs on the opposite side. The project which was finished over the course of 2 months was made possible with gracious support from the Singapore High Commission and the Singapore Tourism Board.

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