St+Art is us­ing street art to trans­form civic spa­ces in our met­ros

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Delhi-based non­profit or­gan­i­sa­tion St+Art In­dia Foun­da­tion turns pub­lic space into an art gallery with in­spir­ing street art. Headed by graf­fiti artist Hanif Qureshi, the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­cent work in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Ben­galuru has re­sulted in a trans­for­ma­tion of run-of-the-mill pub­lic spa­ces into mam­moth art­works that stand out with a dra­matic flour­ish against the dull colours of ur­ban de­cay. “‘Street art gives free­dom to artists, a wider can­vas, and gives those who have never had ac­cess an av­enue to ap­pre­ci­ate art,” says Qureshi. These have be­come pub­lic art spa­ces where people from con­nous­si­uers to com­muters in­ter­act and get in­spired. St+Art’s pri­mary mo­tive is to ed­u­cate the pub­lic about art and to beau­tify and re­claim civic spa­ces and trans­form them. The or­gan­i­sa­tion works pri­mar­ily within res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods—they are cred­ited with cre­at­ing the coun­try’s first pub­lic art district in Lodhi Colony, Delhi. St+art is also col­lab­o­rat­ing with metro rail cor­po­ra­tions to cre­ate art spa­ces in daily tran­sit cor­ri­dors. St+Art In­dia’s ex­per­i­ments to cre­ate a vis­ual di­a­logue between artists and gov­ern­ment is a unique and sig­nif­i­cant ini­tia­tive in pub­lic art his­tory in In­dia.

St+Art livens up the walls in Lodhi Colony, Delhi

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