The facade of Arjan Garh Metro Station on MG (Mehrauli-Gurgaon) Road is all bright and colourful now, thanks to Singaporean artists Sam Lo (Samantha Lo) and Soph O (Sophia Ong). The creative duo has painted a Kingfisher and a maina on its walls, transforming the transit space into a beautiful work of art for commuters and public in general.
The artists were in the city as part of the Art Stations project by St+Art, and spent 13 days of April on the painting, during their month-and-a-half stay here. “This was our first project in India. Our experience was nothing short of amazing. I’m inspired by the hustle and bustle of Delhi,” says Soph O, a visual artist who collects and draws imagery that borders between the mundane and extraordinary.
Along with Sam Lo, she explored the Capital to decide the patterns they could use for their work on the metro station. “We haven’t had the opportunity to create art on the walls of a metro station in Singapore... [For the artwork at Arjan Garh metro station] We chose the flora and fauna found in Delhi and Singapore, revealing itself through the cracks on the wall to pay homage to the land before development,” says Sam Lo, whose works, My Grandfather Road and Press Until Shiok, went viral and even got her arrested for vandalism a few years ago.
Hoping that more street artists and graffiti artists get the opportunity to showcase their talent, Soph O says, “It’s definitely a different energy and experience with street art and graffiti. They’re both very different art forms, brilliant in their own ways that exists in the urban environment.”
The duo has left for their country with nostalgia of their debut work in India. “It’s great and a rare opportunity to get to work on a production this big. Over the years, more walls have been opening up to artists across the world in commissioned spaces, so it feels good to be appreciated. Also, the energy is different with graffiti and commissioned street art pieces,” says Sam Lo.
“Being a part of a public mural project not only allows us to create artworks that would brighten the lives of the people, but street art also has the ability to bring people together regardless of where we come from,” adds Soph O. All in all, “India has been a humbling experience,” they say, and would love to visit again.
“We can only hope that projects such as this will allow people to appreciate the art in their surroundings, plant a creative seed in everyone, and touch the lives of people just as much as they’ve touched ours,” says the duo.
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