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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

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 is 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.

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The mural was finished using only a small postcard-sized image as a reference. The sourced image belonged to a German collection who licensed the image to the Foundation. As 26th January approached, which is India’s Republic Day, Hendrick and Anpu painted as rehearsals for the Republic day parade took place under them. Working 12 hours daily from 5 am to 5 pm, they completed the mural in 5 days. Photo: Akshat

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.

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Photo: Enrico
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This monumental work is 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 appreciate the value of art as a catalyst for relevant discourses on a public scale level.

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On January 30, 2014, the then Lieutenant Governor of New Delhi, Mr. Najeeb Jung inaugurated the Gandhi mural.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDVPsChKJrM
Watch the making of video of the Gandhi mural

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