Art in transit

As you walk out of Delhi airport Terminal 1D, and take a Metro at the newly opened Magenta line, you simply can’t miss the bright blue peacock mural with iconic landmarks of Delhi in the background.

As you walk out of Delhi airport Terminal 1D, and take a Metro at the newly opened Magenta line, you simply can’t miss the bright blue peacock mural with iconic landmarks of Delhi in the background. These are part of the several artworks and exhibitions taking place at the capital’s Metro stations, to bring art closer to people. “The aim is to not restrict art to elite drawing rooms and bring them to public spaces, making it more accessible,” says Shubra Chaturvedi, the painter of the murals titled ‘Delhi Hues’, the installations at the airport Metro pay tribute to the city. In terms of location, the placement of these murals is significant as the airport is the entry point to a city and it gives a peak to the capital’s rich heritage, its history and also what to expect from the city. A montage of the quintessential motifs, it displays silhouettes of Qutub Minar, Red Fort, India Gate and others. The other exhibition at Mandi House is called ‘Because we all love our homes’ and will be showcasing ideas around sustainability and environment. There is an interactive piece with four light boxes which displays an arid land in the scorching sun with the message, ‘Let’s create a better environment piece by piece’. The text encourages the commuters to take off a piece of the arid land. Once a piece is taken off, the reverse side explains that it is made of seed paper and one can plant it in soil. The idea is to have more and more people take of the pieces and plant them near their homes or other places. Once the entire picture is taken off, piece by piece, a verdant jungle can be seen at the back conveying the transformation that can be achieved by planting more and more trees.

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