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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014

Writing on the wall

Ritika Purang, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 25, 2013
First Published: 18:39 IST(25/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(26/2/2013)

After a successful start in Mumbai — Wallbook, an art project of wall paintings has finally arrived in the Capital. 500 artists came together on Sunday morning at Delhi University’s North campus to paint a one kilometre long stretch of wall outside Gate No 1.

Initiated by Sunil Kutty Menon, a resident of Mumbai, he came up with the idea when he saw school children painting a wall with water colours. “This activity was ideated due to the scarcity of platforms for painters and grafitti artists to visualise and showcase their thoughts and use the city furniture, in this case abandoned walls, as their canvas and be part of the cityscape,” says Menon. 

While the Mumbai edition that took place in 2012 was themed, Visualise Mumbai: Design your dream city, the one in Delhi was called Design the change. This was set keeping the ongoing problems, that the Capital is facing, in mind. Incidents such as rape, over crowded roads and more. The artists were asked to use their creativity to express their views on how they perceived the theme given to them.

Mansha, 22 from Delhi College of Arts, who wanted to highlight the issue of female empowerment through her work, said, “This is an amazing initiative as we don’t get to paint and put our point across on a public platform like this.” She drew an interesting face of an old woman, half human and half skull. One of the best things about this event was that there was no age restriction or professional qualification required to participate. Anybody could come and paint. “It is a good thing that for this project age is just a number and profession doesn’t matter as long as you love to paint,” said Shivanand, a 43-year-old businessman.

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