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Fool the eye

Two art enthusiasts start group offering illusionary wall murals in residential and commercial spaces in city.

art and culture Updated: May 10, 2011 15:30 IST
Nirmika Singh

If beautiful scenery outside your window is the farthest thing from reality, you have the option now to change that. Life In Walls, a group started by Shayaan Chagla, 25 and Darshit Limbaskar, 22, offers to transform drab walls by painting murals and illusionary art on them.

“I had seen this art in restaurants in New York and felt the need to introduce it in Mumbai, taking into account the cramped and limited spaces in apartments in the city,” says Chagla, a hotel management graduate who quit his job as a marketing executive, to follow his passion professionally.

The most popular themes in residential walls include painting large windows on walls, outside of which lies a beautiful landscape or doors leading to a scenic environment. Flora, fauna, music, religion and sports-themed wall murals are also frequently requested.

“We began painting cartoon characters for kids’ rooms and now take up murals for almost any requirement,” he says, adding, “we just finished painting murals for an Egypt-themed restaurant, Sheesh Mahal in Goa. Currently, we are working on wall art for a night-club in the suburbs and for office walls of a broadcasting company.”

The prices for the mural painting vary depending upon the complexity of the work. They start from R 300 and go on to R 500 per square foot for residential and Rs 500 per square foot above for commercial. “As this is a new venture, we also work around the budget of the client to offer the best deal,” smiles Chagla.

Contact Life In Walls at 9892712237. Their work can be previewed on www.lifeinwalls.com

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