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Bringing graffiti in the city

A 50-yard stretch of a boundary wall behind the German Embassy overlooking the Nehru Park in the posh diplomatic enclave in the Capital has become a live hip-hop graffiti art memorial.

art and culture Updated: Dec 16, 2011 19:02 IST

A 50-yard stretch of a boundary wall behind the German Embassy overlooking the Nehru Park in the posh diplomatic enclave in the Capital has become a live hip-hop graffiti art memorial.



This popular European and American art form has been brought to the city by four renowned graffiti artists under the aegis of the Year of Germany in India. Led by German hip-hop performer and graffiti artist, Akim Walta, who is also known as Zebster, the hip hop artists Christian Hoehn, Mathias Koehler and Jens Mueller have created graffiti corners at several places on the embassy premises.



A graffiti message, Germany in India, is emblazoned on the boundary wall in psychedelic spray shades of orange, yellow, red, black, white and brown. Also, a fleet of automobiles, including an Ambassador car, a battered Maruti and an autorickshaw, have been transformed into graffiti artscapes by the artists.



According to Zebster, “Making graffiti art is easier if you have a whole wall to yourself. It has a structured order, but an artist can add photo-realistic images of nature and people to the traditional idioms of letters, names and street addresses.”