If you wander around Mumbai you will come across some pretty spectacular graffiti.
Particularly in Bandra’s Ranwar village, there are stunning examples of street art. Given traffic conditions, the best time to stroll along Chapel Road, Veronica and Waroda Road is on a lazy Sunday when people not vehicles rule the narrow lanes….
Which is why I’ve decided to feature on the occasional Sunday an image from many months (nay years!) of wandering and clicking a pic here and there. What you spotted yesterday may be fading today to replaced by something new tomorrow. The only constant is change… with multiple flashes of creativity unleashed for a moment or two.
One such initiative occurred late 2014 with the St.art Mumbai project that brought artists from around the world to India.
I earlier shared one of my favourites ‘Coming Home’ by Dome that you cannot miss in Bandra Reclamation (Moosehead dude cycles into Bandra).
Another glorious work from the St.art Mumbai Project is by Gomez, from Italy, who painted a mural on the wall of a small bi-lane off Wadora Road, around the corner from Jude Bakery.
In an interview with GQ magazine, Gomez shared:
“What’s happening here is cool, but I’m not sure I like being called a street artist. The wall, which I wish was a little bigger, is just another medium…”
Here is the remarkable result of his efforts… an arresting work that cannot be ignored.
Gomez also participated in a workshop in Dharavi where kids from the community learned about stencil techniques then had an opportunity to practice at a community toilet where he also painted another mural in the same compound.
In this photo, you can see this same mural a few months later with Christmas stars still dangling along the wall.
Note: St+art India Foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote street art on the Indian landscape, providing a collaborative platform for artists from all over the world. Founded by Delhi based Arjun Bahl and Hanif Kureshi, the St+art project brings together Indian and international street artists for murals, installations, exhibitions, talks, screenings, workshops and curated walks. The paints were sponsored by Asian Paints.
- DNA – Street art breathes a new life into Mumbai
- GQ – Bombay beautiful: Inside the city’s biggest street art festival
- St+Art Mumbai Project – Artists