Egyptian artist gives ‘facelift’, brings street art to Khan Market

  • Ritam Halder, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2015 17:27 IST
Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla with his work on the walls of Khan Market on Saturday. (Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)

Khan Market had just started to come to life around eight on Saturday morning when a tiny group of men assembled there with paint and brushes to create a piece of urban art on a random wall.

Renowned Egyptian artist Mohamed Abla with the help of members of the Delhi Street Art group created visual magic on the wall adjacent to the Forest Essentials store, giving visitors a spot to stand and admire.

Abla, who is in the Capital to showcase his latest mono-print and collage works in an exhibition titled Egyptian Folk Tales at the India International Centre, was approached by the Delhi Street Art group to create a street art piece here.

The 62-year-old said his work on the wall tried to capture the essence of the city. “There are multiple stories in one single frame. You see nature, human beings, birds and animals, which are synonymous to this magnificent city with its sights, sounds, contradictions and inspirations. It also sort is a way of Delhi showing solidarity to what happened in Paris on Friday,” the Cairo-based artist said, explaining the Eiffel Tower graphic on his wall canvas.

According to him, a nice wall can be made more interesting through such artistic intervention. “People really interact with these pieces of street art. Why restrict art to gallery spaces? There are audiences who never visit a gallery and can be reached through such initiatives,” Abla, who completed the ‘facelift’ around noon, said.

Passersby and shoppers stopped at the bright sight at this corner of the busy market. Some took snaps, others bra-worthy selfies. However, this is nothing new for this area of the city. Yogesh Saini, founder of Delhi Street Art, said how they had earlier too selected a 150-feet long stretch of boundary wall outside Golf Apartments near Khan Market for clean up and art restoration.

“This wall was being mostly being used as a public urinal and a garbage dumping area. We decided to get the appropriate permissions from the apartment residents association and cleaned up the wall, carried out cementing repairs and finally added tribal art-based murals depicting nature elements and other facets of daily life. Several volunteer artists of the DSA team joined in and gave the wall a complete makeover and created a virtual open air art gallery,” Saini said.

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