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Bringing a dash of Delhi flavour to Gurgaon in the form of pop-up street art

Pop-up art at Gurgaon’s CyberHub is the latest addition to the city’s ever growing love for street art. There is a depiction of festivals, monuments and animals as well.

entertainment Updated: Feb 17, 2017 20:06 IST
Naina Arora
Naina Arora
Hindustan Times
The idea was to bring out the positive elements of Delhi, as there was a lot of negative news about the Capital.
The idea was to bring out the positive elements of Delhi, as there was a lot of negative news about the Capital.

A splash of vivid colours themed on Delhi—how does that sound? Well, head to Gurgaon’s CyberHub which has a new vibrant street art pop-up, created by the Delhi Street Art Group. The art work commissioned by a hotel, showcases an array of festivals, monuments such as India Gate, world heritage site —Red Fort and the Lotus Temple.

Yogesh Saini, founder of the group says, “The idea was to bring out positive things about Delhi since there is a lot of negative stuff in the news. This time we didn’t have buildings and walls, so we created a pop-up street art at CyberHub. There is also depiction of festivals such as Diwali, Dussehra and Holi, and elephant rides, ambassador cars and a cow, which has a universal presence across cities. I have thrown in some elements of Gurgaon as well such as the cluster of high rise buildings, Gurgaon’s Rapid Metro and Pink Autos.” Even passersby joined in the pop art. “A lot of people came and told us we wish this was here permanently.Hopefully this leads more initiatives such as these in Gurgaon,” he said.

The artwork will be up till the end of February, and also features underlying themes of women’s empowerment. And not just the good aspects about the Capital and Millennium City, be sure to find a few grey clouds symbolising pollution too. The group feels that maintenance is an issue. Saini says that quite often, the street art suffers in the wake of those who use the walls as urinals. “Civic amenities need to catch up with cleanliness drives. “If good artwork does get installed in place like this(Cybercity), it’ll probably be much better maintained then on the ones at open road. At Iffco chowk, it gets messy, as people don’t refrain from using the walls as urinals.”

First Published: Feb 17, 2017 20:06 IST

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