Trying to move art from the domain of art galleries to public spaces, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has decided to introduce interactive art installations at various public spots including railway stations, the new Civic Centre, bus stops, public utility sites, public parks and vacant MCD buildings and land.
Come Commonwealth Games and Delhi will be flooded with “public art interventions”.
The civic agency is currently identifying artists and artworks of significant importance. The idea behind the project, said officials, is to “change Delhi’s image”, hence, transform it into a world-class city by bringing art in the public realm.
It is also an attempt on part of the MCD to move away from the traditional murals and introduce contemporary art forms that are already very popular abroad.
“Most of our contemporary artists have done really well abroad. Our idea thus, is to now bring their work to our city,” said an MCD official.
Though the project has a Games deadline, MCD officials say that this is only the beginning and that several art forms will continue to engage the citizens even after the Games.
In Delhi, it is mandatory for all public buildings to spend one percent of the total construction budget on installing a public art form within their respective premises.
The mandate though is followed at just a handful of buildings like the India Habitat Center and the Reserve Bank of India headquarters.