How often do you see art on the streets or in public spaces? Art is not meant for everyone and it is not the best form of entertainment for many. But art looks good to the eye even to a non-admirer. To create awareness about the medium, India Habitat Centre and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation have come up with a project called The Habitat Initiative: Art in Public Spaces.
As a part of the project, artworks will be displayed on the lightboxes installed at Jor Bagh and Mandi House metro stations. Moreover, the explanatory text displayed alongside would be bilingual — English and Hindi, to reach a wider audience.
“It is not a new concept as such. It is done all over the world. But yes, here I am trying to put up artworks at various Metro stations for people to explore it in public spaces. These works will keep changing every three months,” says Alka Pande, curator.
According to the plan, from January till March 2015 at the Jor Bagh Metro station, photographs from the exhibition — The Long Exposure at Udaipur, 1857-1957, would be displayed on three light boxes. Nearly 20 prints of some photographs from this collection would also be displayed on the walls there.
The displayed images would include painted and hand-coloured photographs, and the portraits shown are of three generations of Maharanas, who ruled Mewar (Udaipur) from 1884 to 1995.
Since March is the month of Holi, at the Mandi House station, photographs on Holi by artist Tarun Chhabra would be displayed on two lightboxes. The third lightbox would display a poster from the Crime Writers Festival when the festival is held on January 17 and 18. The poster is chosen to raise gender sensitisation in the time of crime against women. The posters will change with the changing events in the city.
“This concept is important to get people introduced to art. This particular medium of expression is a very niché area. Therefore, if people will see it every day while going to work, they will be curious and interested,” says Tarun Chhabra, artist.