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BMRC Metro Stations

During St+art Bangalore 2016, St+art’s ‘Art Stations’ project was extended to three metro stations in megacity Bengaluru. Walls inside and outside Majestic, Church Street and Cubbon Park metro stations were painted on to convert high footfall spaces into walk-through galleries. The aim was to provide a starting point for conversations to crores of people who commuted through these transit spaces every day.

Done in collaboration with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRC), concepts for the artworks tried to encompass local narratives and the stations’ surrounding environments. The artists attempted to encapsulate the spirit of Bengaluru in their murals for them to resonate with the residents of the city.

MAJESTIC METRO STATION


Considered the nucleus of Bangalore transit, murals at the Kempegowda or Majestic metro station were created by artists Sameer Kulavoor and Appupen.

Mumbai-based Kulavoor worked on the outer walls of the metro station. In a bid to encapsulate the essence of the station’s surroundings in his piece he went on a recce of the area along with local children. While exploring, he found the crowded local market to be an important source of xx for communities living in the area. His final piece depicted two big magnets drawing in a variety of things - from people and objects to vehicles and words. They intended to symbolically reproduce chaos, as witnessed in the market and at the metro station.

The magnet is symbolic of the site and how it attracts a wide range of people for different reasons - be it commerce, culture or chaos. The density of people, architecture and things reduce as we move further away from the site itself.

- Sameer Kulavoor, Artist

Native to Bangalore, artist Appupen worked on walls inside the metro station. Through pieces finished on separate walls, he attempted to depict the history of Majestic from inception till date.

Artist Appupen's pieces inside Majestic Metro Station

Appupen’s first piece featured the Dharmambudhi Lake - one of the several lakes that Bangalore once boasted of. Reportedly built by Kempegowda, the lake thrived in the centre of the city for over three hundred years before it dried. His second piece, in classic Halahala style - one that he pioneered, featured a slew of mythical stories that he brushed over before starting work. His final piece, above the ticket counter, showcased the ascent of the Majestic area as a cultural hotspot of the city - featuring its circuses and theatres, and its sprawling bus stand.

Church Street Metro Station

The Church Street metro station mural was created by artist Inkbrushnme, who drew a piece in an attempt to provide visual relief to passers-by.

While walking around the station area, the artist observed people’s conversations and sensed a lot of “depression and sadness in the air”. This prompted him to research the idea of using art as a remedy for despondency. He worked with the idea of creating a simple mural on a complicated surface - that of MG Road metro station. Relying on conceptual simplicity, as opposed to stylistic simplicity, the artist tried to steer clear of heavy abstraction and created a piece that would work well to provide visual relief to onlookers.

For the piece to exude vibrancy, the artist chose to work with a specific colour palette. Additionally, he invested a lot of time in detailing the piece so that people could find something new each time they saw it.

Cubbon Park Metro station

Bengaluru’s Cubbon Park is located in the heart of the city and is a landmark ‘lung’ area of sorts for its residents. Abundant in flora and fauna, the park was created in 1870 covering an area of 100 acres which has now grown to about 300 acres. The Cubbon Park metro station is located a few metres away from one of the entrances to the park.

Equipped with the rich history of the station’s surroundings, Serbian artist Artez and Madrid-based artist Remed transformed Cubbon Park metro station into an Art Station.

In an attempt to represent what happens in the park on walls inside the station, Artez included the local animals and flora of the region in his piece.

People in the park can be often be observed practicing yoga and other such activities. Working on the exterior of the metro station, Remed painted on the water coolant, depicting human engagement with spiritual pursuits.

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