The technicolour landscape of Lodhi

In a crisp winter morning, Priyanka Mehra, project manager at St+art India Foundation, meets me in Delhi’s Lodhi Colony. We’ve decided to negotiate the lanes and by-lanes of the neighbourhood to view the oversized technicolour murals that wrap around residential blocks. The constellation of murals—handiwork of experimental international and home-grown street artists—announces the Lodhi district as a public art museum of sorts: open and accessible to those willing to slow down and admire. “The aim of the foundation is to make art truly democratic and for everyone, by taking it out of the conventional gallery space and embedding it within the cities we live in," explains Mehra.

We stop when we come across a building with a large, yawning arched window. From afar, it appears as though a pall of black smoke hangs across the wall. Step closer and the smoke dissipates to reveal a swarm of painted militant crows, attacking, crashing and falling on to one another. It’s spellbinding chaos. “This one was done by an artist called DALeast," Mehra points out. DALeast is a well-known Chinese-born street artist who works with spray paints and is known to create awe-inspiring, three-dimensional artworks. If you are from Delhi, chances are that you’ve already seen this particular work, but have probably wondered what it meant. “DALeast realized that there is a large number of birds in India and that we are an over-populated country. The mural depicts how chaotically organized this country is and how we all fall together in one place, somehow or the other."....Read more


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