City Projects



With its first festival in Bengaluru, St+art brought some of the best Indian and International artists to several key areas across the city. The artists took inspiration from the rich history of the city, depicting its past, present and future, while also speaking about its socio-political realities. The works ranged from murals to installations. Spots for these artworks were chosen in regions ranging from Ulsoor and Dhanvantri Road to Church Street and Brigade Road.


New Delhi-based street artist Anpu Varkey painted in Ulsoor, right next to the then newly formed Metro line. Located in Central Bangalore, Ulsoor is one of the oldest neighbourhoods of the city. Choosing a wall in a busy part of the locality, Anpu chose to paint a Moon as her central character, as she wanted to establish it as that 'one big object' in the sky that we could all connect with.

In an age where everyone is seeking connections using mediums like social media, we miss something as big as the moon, which we hardly look at anymore. Every person has wished upon the moon at some point in their life, and the moon represents our collective hopes and desires.

- Anpu, artist
Anpu Harvest Moon Akshat Nauriyal
Anpu- Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon kept the larger public in mind - people who may not be on Facebook or Instagram, but will pass by the area and hopefully identify with the piece.

Palace Road Underpass

Bangalore has white and blue lines painted across the city, which can be seen across flyovers and next to the footpaths. Daan Botlek decided to play with this motif for his work. Daan divided the entire stretch of Bangalore’s Palace Road underpass into sections. The main motif in Botlek’s work is Greek philosopher Protagoras’ famous quote, ‘Man is the measure of all things'. This artwork followed his signature style of featuring indiscernible characters depicted engaging in various activities with their surroundings.
In terms of interpretations about his art, this is what Daan had to say.

"The meaning of the works is never clear or explained. There are an infinite number of interpretations for the images, any one of which may be considered valid (relativism). The audience is challenged to participate in the creation of the story; a meaning is generated in the process of sorting things out (curiosity)."

Daan Botlek- Background Subtraction

Across the city

New Delhi-based street artist Daku created numerous small art interventions in varying parts of the city, all of which critiqued some aspects of the city’s life which affected its citizens.

Bangalore has, in recent times, developed a massive traffic issue with long jams in peak office hours. Daku made paste-ups of Snails as a way to talk of the slow moving nature of Bangalore traffic at some prime spots. The snails were made at the Raj Bhavan Road - Bangalore Division, nearby Cubbon Park and Shivaji Grounds.

Daku Snails Pranav Gohil
Daku- Snails
Daku Snails Akshat Nauriyal
Daku- Snails

There has also been a massive shortage of water in the state, with water shortage becoming a major issue for its citizens, and government. Daku critiqued this through a stencil based work which showed empty pots of water and a tap with a few drops left, as a way to reflect an issue a lot of people were suffering from. These were made at Brigade Road - One of the biggest commercial centres and busiest shopping areas, connecting MG Road with Residency Road.

Daku Pails Pranav Gohil
Daku - Pails
Daku Lotus Pranav Gohil
Daku - Lotus. Daku’s stencil lotuses bloom on Brigade Road. There exists a dichotomy of messages here - one may interpret the work bringing to light our habit of creating garbage dumps out of free land available around us. There’s another way of looking at it. Daku’s lotuses are objects that beautify an otherwise filthy space, indicating that beauty can be found anywhere - if only one is bothered to look.

He also ran a project called A4Art where he put up A4-sized printouts of captions which wanted people to find hidden messages in public spaces. These were in Malleshwaram Area - A north-western suburb, which hosts people from all walks of life

Daku A4Art Akshat Nauriyal
Daku- A4 Art

Kempegowda, a ruler under the Vijaynagara Empire, founded the city of Bengaluru in 1537. Bangalore-based artist Ullas Hydoor’s paid tribute to Kempegowda by making a large portrait of the warrior on the Dhanvantri Road.

"We live in a city, continually creating spaces for ourselves without realising its impact on the city itself. So my mural reminds us to pause and consider the things we are building on the hallowed grids of Bengaluru, which were laid out by the planner Kempegowda.”

- Ullas
Ullas Hydoor by Akshat Nauriyal 1
Ullas Hydoor

Commenting on the various issues faced by the city and its residents, anonymous artist Guesswho created small interventions in 3 locations across the city. His works ranged from speaking about the language politics in the city to gentrification.

Guesswho Start BLR 2016 Pranav Gohil
Guesswho Beef Akshat Nauriyal
Guesswho - Beef
Guesswho Patriotic Street Artist Guesswho
WIP by Sameer Raichur 2
Ram Devineni & Dan Goldman. Ram and Dan bring their highly acclaimed superhero comic Priya’s Shakti to the streets of Bangalore through an augmented reality experience. How did an Indian documentary filmmaker create a comic series with a female protagonist? The story dates back to the time when a gangrape shook the country in 2012. When the Nirbhaya case happened, Ram happened to be in New Delhi, and he took part in the protests that followed. Like many people, Ram was horrified by the incident and outraged by institutional indifference to the issue. Despite an enormous outcry statements like “no good girl walks home at night” weren’t uncommon – implying that she probably deserved it, or at least provoked the attack. I knew then that the problem of sexual violence in India was not a legal issue; rather it was a cultural problem. A cultural shift had to happen; especially views towards the role of women in modern society. Deep-rooted patriarchal views needed to be challenged.
Baadal Car Installation Giulia Amborgi
Baadal Nanjundaswamy- Car Installation. Baadal Nanjundaswamy just bought himself a car and put it to use immediately, albeit not for driving. The installation brings to fore the issue of chronic traffic problems and time spent inside vehicles as a consequence. His artwork will be installed in KR Circle, Bangalore today onwards and will be on display for fifteen days.
Siddhartha Kararwal Temporary Exhibbit Sameer Raichur
Siddhartha Kararwal built an army of ghost soldiers at Cubbon Park. Siddhartha Kararwal usually works with form and materiality, a practice that may seem alien at a street art festival. But once you stop looking at urban spaces from the spectrum of an image and start looking at materials and residue and your everyday relationships with it, a lot of Siddhartha’s work gains prominence. Travelling from the Edward Statue inside Cubbon Park to the coolant outside the Cubbon Park Metro Station, the installation of these black plastic bag made forms acquires meaning based on the site it was displayed at. It’s certainly an experiment worth seeing again in future festivals..This was a temporary exhibition.