City Projects, Bangalore

In Bengaluru’s streets for the first time, the St+art Festival worked with national and international artists to enliven civic spaces spread across the city. Concepts for artworks took inspiration from the city’s existing milieu as well as its rich history. Spots for these artworks were chosen in regions ranging from Ulsoor and Dhanvantri Road to Church Street and Brigade Road.

Anpu Varkey

New Delhi-based street artist Anpu Varkey painted on a wall in the region of Ulsoor. Located in Central Bangalore, Ulsoor is one of Bangalore’s oldest neighbourhoods. Choosing a wall in a busy part of the locality, Anpu made the moon her central character. Painting the moon was her attempt to establish it as that 'one big object' in the sky that we could all connect with.

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.

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

Daan Botlek

Dutch artist Daan Botlek 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'. Featuring his characteristic ‘men’ who were depicted engaging with their surroundings, this artwork followed the precedent set by his previous body of work.

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)."

Ullas Hydoor

Located on the city’s Dhanvantri Road Ullas Hydoor’s Kempegowda looks up proudly - in a way that is fitting for a man who architected a large portion of Bengaluru. Kempegowda, a ruler under the Vijaynagara Empire, founded the city of Bengaluru in 1537. The mural was Bangalore-based Hydoor’s tribute to Kempegowda - “the man we’ve forgotten in the hunt to grab vacant spaces.”

"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

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