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Gandhi Mural at ITO

Delhi Police Headquarters, ITO, Delhi

2014

In January 2014, as part of the St+art Delhi festival, the Delhi Police Headquarters became the site for an unprecedented collaboration between a government body and street art.

The enormity and scale of the project required the tallest industrial crane available in india to complete it. Photo : Enrico

Hendrick ECB, is a German street artist known for his style of creating large-scale portraits. He has made several artworks across the world, including Asia's highest mural - a 70-metre long portrait of a fisherman in Busan. Typically known for creating distinctive monochromatic portraits of unknown people with powerful personalities, this would be the first time that he painted one of the most significant faces in the history of India (and the world) - Mahatma Gandhi.

Ecb and Anpu at work!

While work continued in Shahpur Jat and Hauz Khas Village as part of the St+art festival, Hendrick and Indian artist Anpu began work at the Delhi Police Headquarters located at the ITO intersection in New Delhi. The facade was situated across the road from a mosque whose roof offered the best vantage point for the artists to take stock of their progress. During every break, Hendrick and Anpu would discuss their next steps over a cup of tea on the roof of the mosque.

Once finished, the piece stood 152 feet tall, and was widely recognised as India's tallest mural.

This monumental work was symbolic in more ways than one. Once finished, the piece stood 152 feet tall, and was widely recognised as India's tallest mural. It also represented a significant step forward in terms of cultural engagement between art and the government. It proved that Indian public institutions are forward thinking and appreciated the value of art as a tool of mass communication and public-space enhancement.

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