These art students from Bengaluru transforming the city's 'dark spots' into beautiful places
Art can do wonders as it can change the dirtiest places to beautiful ones. In one such incident, the students from Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology has turned a garbage dumping area under the Cox Town Flyover in Bengaluru into a vibrant and art space with murals and greenery. A group of students tied up with Jaaga, an NGO to paint these walls. This NGO builds and supports collaborative communities of creatives, entrepreneurs and enterprises. The project to paint the wall started on November 25 and concluded on December 13.
The murals on these walls include the micro-history of Cox Town and surrounding areas — some of them were painted from observations, conversations and personal experiences. These students spoke to the residents and businessmen of Cox Town to understand the pulse of the place and delved further to draw inspiration. They brought an abandoned vehicle, cleaned and painted it, and added it as an installation in the garden.
Students giving the finishing to the painting on the walls
Now, the new space has been received warmly by locals, who are now looking at it as a venue for music jam sessions, a cafe and more. It has also generated a lot of curiosity among passersby who stop to look and admire. Brothers Suresh (11) and Saroj (13) have been coming by every day after school to join the students in this initiative. The owner of the Indian Oil petrol bunk next to the flyover donated plants for the garden. Apart from painting these walls, the institute has 14 art projects that will be showcased at four Metro stations including Chickpet, Cubbon Park, Vijayanagar and Rajajinagar.
Suresh and Saroj also join these college students to help them paint