St+art And The City

Meg DSouza , 02 Nov 2016

There’s been a sudden burst of colour and art amongst the streets of our cities, thanks to the insanely creative talent behind St+art India Foundation (meant to be pronounced as Start India). We’re spotting their artwork in Delhi and Mumbai, and now they are adding Bengaluru and Hyderabad to their list of tag spots.

Fearless by Shiloh Shiv Suleman | Image Source: St.Art India
Fearless by Shiloh Shiv Suleman | Image Source: St+art India
See Through, See Beyond by Nevercrew | Image Source: St.Art India
See Through, See Beyond by Nevercrew (Lodhi Art District, New Delhi) | Image Source: St+art India
'Original Aboriginal' by Reko Rennie | Image Source: St. Art India
‘Original Aboriginal’ by Reko Rennie (Lodhi Art District, New Delhi) | Image Source: St+art India

We’re still catching our breath from their totally #lit Delhi edition, held earlier this year. St+art brought together street artists from all over the world to tag several walls between Khanna Market and Meherchand Market, transforming Delhi’s Lodhi Colony into India’s first public art district. Pulling some strings, they also hosted #WIP—The Street Art Show—where they featured works from twenty-five Indian and international artists on 100 shipping containers, transforming the ICD (Inland Container Depot at Tughlakabad) into a walk-through installation (and a space for a range of alternative art like poetry slams, live musical performances and b-boy jams).

NEVERCREW @ St.Art Delhi 2016 #WIP | Image Source: St.Art India
NEVERCREW @ St.Art Delhi 2016 #WIP | Image Source: St+art India
#WIP St.Art Delhi 2016 | Image Source: St.Art India
#WIP St.Art Delhi 2016 | Image Source: St+art India

Namma Bengaluru got its own St+art touch through the month of October as twelve prolific Indian urban artists, along with four influential international artists, interpreted the city via murals, installations, performances, talks and screenings.

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'Naavu Idhevi – We Exist’ by @aravaniartproject On Dhanvantri Road stands the mural of a very significant citizen – the trans-person, reminding us of their existence in today's dense society. "The project proposes to remind people of our inherent acceptance of gender fluidity. The painting uses geometric shapes that form a gender fluid face refusing to look away and the Hibiscus flower well-known for having both male and female parts. Like the trans-person, the Hibiscus grows on the fringe, a familiar bloom that lights up our streets in unapologetic burst of colour. "Their colour blurs the world around them, drawing eyes as they declare Naavu Idhevi (We Exist) The project is a collaboration of 5 transgenders who painted with their heart and soul. It has been a great journey getting to know them and letting them be such a big part of our lives, after a point gender does not matter, does it?" Photo by @_tahska

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'Harvest Moon' by @anpusan Last weekend, not one but two moons were spotted in Bengaluru. One of course was the harvest moon, the other was Anpu's in Ulsoor for #startblr. "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." Painting the moon was Anpu's attempt to establish it as that 'one big object' in the sky that we can all connect with. It kept the larger public in mind, the ones who may not be on Facebook or Instagram, but will pass by this area by and will identify with it. Photo by @_tahska

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St+art begins work in Hyderabad and we can’t wait to see all the gorgeous murals and super-quirky ideas they’ve got in store for us.

The Painted Revolution by Tyler at St.Art WIP | Image Source: Naman Saraiya for St.Art India
The Painted Revolution by Tyler at St.Art WIP | Image Source: St+art India

It’s obvious we’re huge fans of their work, but it’s worth seeing for yourself. Click to follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to get involved: simply spot a St+art masterpiece, take a photo, and tag them. Don’t forget to tag us too!

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