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Written by Akshita Rawat

“Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.” – Pablo Picasso

Art has the ability to transform. This is quite evident from the ongoing street art festival by the Delhi-based St+Art India Foundation. The aim of the organization is to make art accessible to the common people by taking it out of the conventional gallery, and in turn, try and change people’s outlook towards it.

The 2016 edition of the annual festival aims at revamping public places. 25 Indian and international artists – from Italy, Spain, France, among others- are a part of this initiative. Here are a few pieces of art for you:

  1. This graffiti is among the 22 instated at the Lodhi Colony Area. The subject is the Swachh Bharat initiative by PM Narendra Modi. Akshat Nauriyal, one of the founders of St+art India Foundation says, “We employed the ethos of Swacch Bharat and gave it a contemporary twist, to build a sense of community pride and consciousness.” 
    A Swacch Bharat graffiti is one among the 22 installations at the Lodhi Colony as part of the ongoing India Street Art festival 2016. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 080216

    A Swacch Bharat graffiti is one among the 22 installations at the Lodhi Colony as part of the ongoing India Street Art festival 2016. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 080216

  2. The graffiti titled “Dead Dahlias” is painted by Bangalore-based street artist Amitabh Kumar in the Lodhi Colony area. “This city is made of magic, which is now crumbling apart. Through this intervention I’d like the viewer to catch its crumbling pieces and vanish.” said Amitabh Kumar.2
  3. This graffiti is done by a Swiss-based artist duo recognizing themselves as Never Crew. The meteorite with an astronaut at the top is significant of someone who can see things from different perspectives.3

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  4. This mural is painted by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman and is an illustration of a self-written is a part of his collection called “Calligraffiti”- a combination of calligraphy and graffiti.4 (1)

    The poem goes like,

 “Sans serifs no letters

And no words to read

Sans words no signs

No names in the streets

Just rows of buildings

And gardens sans weeds.”


5. “Colectivo Licuado” and “Alfalfa” from Uruguay painted this mural in Lajpat Nagar. The piece is their reception of India and its people. The words“This cart belongs to Chote Lal” is inscribed on the cart in the mural, as a tribute to the tea stall owner in front of the wall.

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6. This mural is painted by Delhi-based artist Rakesh Kumar Memrot. It is called “Fusion Art”      and is a tribute to Gond art, a tribal art form of Madhya Pradesh.

67. Mahendra Pawar and his team from Rajasthan painted this mural in Lodhi Colony area.    This sort of painting is known as Shekhawati painting and showcases the indigenous art   forms of India.


8. This graffiti by Amitabh Kumar is part of the ongoing street art show called WIP (Work in       Progress) where shipping containers are being used as a canvas.

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9. This mural is done by Japanese artist Suiko using the Indian national flower-lotus-as the   base and combining it with Japanese characters using his signature style of curves and lines.

10. This mural is done by Spanish artist Borondo at the WIP art show. This piece showcases         the inside of a palace.

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Even you can get involved in this initiative or can witness the WIP art show taking place at the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Okhla. All the details are available on their official website.

About the author

Akshita Rawat

I am pursuing English Honours from DCAC. I love reading, occasionally enjoy

painting and a fan of supernatural movies as well as TV shows.

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