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KHIRKEE EXTENSION/KHAN MARKET/CP/HAUZ KHAS/SPA

For its third edition, the St+art Festival returned to Delhi. Held over a span of 3 eventful months, it altered the visual landscape of different parts of the city through curated art interventions. The festival saw the addition of 6 large scale murals on Delhi’s public buildings, spread across the capital.

KHIRKEE EXTENSION

Khirkee Extension is an urban village in the locality of Malviya Nagar in South Delhi. The congested, lower income group neighbourhood stands in stark contrast to its across-the-road neighbours – two of the poshest shopping malls in Delhi. This contrast inspired Chilean artist INTI to paint one of the village’s walls with a piece that he titled ‘Balance’. The artwork is a take on the relationship between contrasting spaces that share a similar cultural history.

This image is a hypothetical mixture of two distant lands. Even if there isn’t any direct relationship between them, they both have an essence and a cultural history which is colourful, festive and religious, where the power of belief and love goes beyond rationality.

- INTI, Artist

‘Balance’, by INTI. The Khirki village presents itself as a blaring contrast to the shopping malls that lie across the road from it. The artwork, located at a junction with a lot of traffic, drew several people's attention while it was being completed and also caused minor snags in traffic.

KHAN MARKET

Located on Tughlaq Road, in Delhi’s affluent Khan Market, the Lok Nayak Bhawan houses several government offices. In 2015 Spanish artist Okuda created a piece in his signature style - of geometric patterns and multicoloured prints. Okuda’s work blends seamlessly with grey bodies and organic forms and often raises contradictions about existentialism, the universe, the infinite, the meaning of life, and the false freedom of capitalism.

Okuda, who was in India for the second time for St+art, at work in Khan Market at the Lok Nayak Bhawan - a three-decade-old government building.

CONNAUGHT PLACE

Being one of the largest commercial centers in New Delhi, Connaught Place receives a colossal number of visitors every day. Thai artist Rukkit finds birds to be the common linking thread between spaces and cultures, something that reoccurs a lot in his work. This was his first time painting a mural in India and he used his stenciling technique to create figurative images in CP. By the time he was finished, a bird done in various shades, was perched atop a wall each in CP’s Outer Circle and Gol Market.

Animals and birds are a recurring theme in Bangkok based street artist Rukkit's work. His second piece during St+art Delhi 2015 brings to mind the old fable about the thirsty crow and the pitcher.

HAUZ KHAS VILLAGE


Portugese artist Joao Samina painted a mural at the entrance of Hauz Khas Village. Joao is known for using stencil techniques with other art elements from his own roots in street art, graphic design, painting and architecture. This project was supported by the Portuguese Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi.

Samina’s mural greets visitors at the entrance of the Hauz Khas Village.

THE SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE

Specializing in education and research, the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi is a premier public institute of higher education. Continuing our collaboration with public institutions to reimagine the utility of public spaces, German street artist 1010 created a ‘portal’ on one of the SPA's walls. The artwork was inspired by ancient Hindu architecture and "The Fractal Brain Theory" by Wai H. Tsang.

The colours in 1010’s piece articulate each perceptual level, guiding the public's gaze from the inside to the entrance of the portal and vice versa. This project was supported by the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.

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