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Art Stations Project: Govindpuri Metro Station

The 'Art Stations’ project is an endeavour by St+art India Foundation to transform transit spaces into walk-through galleries for the public. The project aspires to offer road and metro commuters an experience of art and culture through murals and installations thereby increasing the accessibility to art and making it more democratic.

In January 2016, St+art collaborated with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to create the first ‘Art Station’ of Delhi. This was the Govindpuri metro station. Rome-based Augustino Iacurci who paints figurative characters in bold and solid colours painted the facade. He was assisted by students of GD Goenka University.

The Govindpuri metro station is a high-traffic station and was chosen based on its proximity to the Inland Container Depot (ICD), where the month-long #WIPshow was taking place. The metro station became a starting point of sorts for the exhibition, but also stood as a landmark in its own right.

Augustino conceptualised the work for the station on ground. He took themes he thought were relevant to the area and worked them into his final composition. Augustino wanted his work to embrace the station - get all its scattered elements and combine them into a composition. Working with a team of highly charged students from the GD Goenka University, Augustino worked for 11 days to complete the artwork.

Augustino wanted to create a dream-like visual, juxtaposing a female figure with a galaxy emerging through her hair, the galaxy and all its planets representing the chaos of the junction.

The depictions on the wall ranged from animals such as dogs and tigers to birds and humans. Birds are a recurrent theme in Augustino’s work, almost his signature of sorts.

Being the first ‘Art Station’ of the city and how it was received by people reaffirmed the power of using transit spaces as a means of showcasing art to a larger audience. It initiated a parallel conversation on the usage of public spaces, which are primarily used for advertising, and proposed an alternative. St+art would go onto do 4 more Art Stations in the course of the next few years, including 3 stations in Bangalore, and the Arjan Garh Metro Station in New Delhi.

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