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City Projects-2015

For its third edition, the St+art Festival returned to Delhi. Held over a span of 3 eventful months, it altered the visual landscape of different parts of the city through curated art interventions. The festival saw the addition of 6 large scale murals on Delhi’s public buildings, spread across the capital.

Khirki Extension

Khirki Extension is an urban village in the locality of Malviya Nagar in South Delhi. The congested, lower-income group neighbourhood stands in stark contrast to its across-the-road neighbours – two of the poshest shopping malls in Delhi. This dystopia inspired Chilean artist INTI to paint one of the village’s walls with a piece that he titled ‘Balance’. Depicting the latter as an unbalanced fight where an open heart wins over a gold chain, the work is indicative and highly symbolic of the artist’s belief.

The artwork is also a take on the relationship between contrasting spaces that share a similar cultural history.

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INTI- Balance The Khirki village presents itself as a blaring contrast to the shopping malls that lie across the road from it. The artwork, located at a junction with a lot of traffic, drew several people's attention while it was being completed and also caused minor snags in traffic.

"This image is a hypothetical mixture of two distant lands. Even if there isn’t any direct relationship between them, they both have an essence and a cultural history which is colourful, festive and religious, where the power of belief and love goes beyond rationality."

- INTI, Artist

Khan Market

Located on Tughlaq Road, in Delhi’s affluent Khan Market, the Lok Nayak Bhawan houses several government offices. In 2015 Spanish artist Okuda created a piece in his signature style - of geometric patterns and multicoloured prints. Okuda’s work blends seamlessly with grey bodies and organic forms and often raises contradictions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the false freedom of capitalism.

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Okuda Okuda, who was in India for the second time for St+art, worked in Khan Market at the Lok Nayak Bhawan - a three-decade-old government building.

Connaught Place

Being one of the largest commercial centers in New Delhi, Connaught Place receives a colossal number of visitors every day. Thai artist Rukkit finds birds to be the common linking thread between spaces and cultures, something that reoccurs a lot in his work. This was his first time painting a mural in India and he used his stencilling technique to create figurative images in CP. By the time he was finished, a bird in various shades was perched atop a wall each in CP’s Outer Circle and Gol Market.

Rukkit Animals and birds are a recurring theme in Bangkok based street artist Rukkit's work. His second piece during St+art Delhi 2015 brings to mind the old fable about the thirsty crow and the pitcher.

Hauz Khas Village

Portuguese artist Joao Samina painted a mural at the entrance of Hauz Khas Village. Joao is known for using stencil techniques with other art elements from his own roots in street art, graphic design, painting and architecture. This project was supported by the Portuguese Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi

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Joao Samina Samina’s mural greets visitors at the entrance of the Hauz Khas Village.

The School of Planning and Architecture

Specializing in education and research, the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi is a premier public institution of higher education. Continuing our collaboration with public institutions to reimagine the utility of public spaces, German street artist 1010 created a ‘portal’ on one of the SPA's walls. The artwork was inspired by ancient Hindu architecture and "The Fractal Brain Theory" by Wai H. Tsang.

1010 - Portal The colours in 1010’s piece articulate each perceptual level, guiding the public's gaze from the inside to the entrance of the portal and vice versa. This project was supported by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.

Azadpur Market

Miami-born artist Axel Void finished a mammoth piece in the Azadpur Market of Delhi. Right next to the entrance of Asia's largest wholesale market for fruits and vegetables - the Azadpur ‘Mandi’ is the largest cold storage facility that houses hundreds of thousands of goods every day. Axel painted a mural titled ‘Zindagi’ (Life) on one of the 60 x100 foot walls of the storage unit.

The ‘mandi’ is not only the starting point of Delhi’s food chain but is also a source of livelihood to thousands of workers who keep it up and running 24x7. As part of his international series ‘Mediocre’, Axel wanted the piece to talk about life in the market and dedicated it to both the ‘mandi’ and its workers.
Paying tribute to these ‘palledars’, Axel painted his interpretation of still life - one of the most recurrent themes in the history of classical painting. Through the mural, Axel wanted to recognise the tireless labour of the workers of the market, which provides life to the city by storing most of its food. It also spoke about the mundane nature of life, but the importance of each individual in supporting and sustaining life for others.

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Axel Void - Zindagi The artwork depicts a burning white candle surrounded by fruits and a knife, kept atop a table. The word ‘Zindagi’ (life) is spelled in Devnagri across the façade of the unit.

"Traditionally art has commemorated kings and important people. I am using the same technique to pay a tribute to the daily lives of ordinary people."

- Axel Void, artist

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