Artists give makeover to his­toric fish­ing dock in In­dian city

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MUM­BAI: In­dian fish­er­men un­load their morn­ing catch as sa­ree-clad women car­ry­ing buck­ets on their heads walk past street art that has trans­formed one of Mum­bai’s old­est fish­ing docks into an ex­hi­bi­tion space.

Thirty artists from around the world have given the bustling 142-year-old Sas­soon Dock, home to Mum­bai’s tra­di­tional Koli fish­ing com­mu­nity, a colour­ful makeover as part of the St+art Ur­ban Art Fes­ti­val.

“The art­works range from mixed me­dia to graf­fiti to street-art styles to in­stal­la­tions, from us­ing paints to wood to fish­ing ob­jects,” Ar­jun Bahl, co-founder and fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said.

Ex­hibits in­clude large por­traits of Koli fish­er­folk — be­lieved to be Mum­bai’s orig­i­nal in­hab­i­tants and whose god­dess ‘ Mum­badevi’ lends her name to the city — and brightly painted mu­rals rep­re­sent­ing women from the com­mu­nity. One in­stal­la­tion, en­ti­tled ‘Par­fum Sas­soon’, al­ludes to the dock’s no­to­ri­ously pun­gent fishy smell while an­other has a clear en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage with its de­pic­tion of plas­tic bot­tles float­ing through the ocean.

The Sas­soon Dock project is part of the sev­enth edi­tion of the St+art Ur­ban Art Fes­ti­val which aims to make art ac­ces­si­ble to every­one by trans­form­ing a pub­lic space.

— AFP

A fe­male Malaysian tiger walks past her hiss­ing six-weeks-old Malaysian cub in their en­clo­sure on Tues­day at the zoo in Prague, Czech Repub­lic.

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