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Mach Mach by Amitabh Kumar

Daan Botlek’s Continental Drift at the Aseema School.

Squeeze by ANPU.

Full artwork and details of Coming Home by Dome.

A 3-D facade by Yantr, outside a residence, Bandra.

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Showcase 31 Mar 2015

St+Art festival comes to Mumbai

St+Art Mumbai is an urban art festival that brings together some of the best Indian and international street artists for a month of murals, installations, performances, workshops, walks, and talks on the streets of Mumbai. The festival aims to promote street art and graffiti in India, as well as to provide a collaborative platform for artists from all over the world. St+Art Mumbai is an initiative of St+Art India Foundation which aims at making art accessible to a wider audience by making the

Mach Mach, Amitabh Kumar, India

Amitabh’s mural titled ‘Mach Mach’ can be found at the entrance of Pali Village, right next to Hawaiian Shack. When the selected site was given to him, he noticed how the street was symbolic of a gateway that connected Pali Village, a heritage society established in the 1700s, to the rest of Mumbai city. It highlights the urban existence of the society and a certain way of life that is quiet and quaint as opposed to the reality of the rest  of Mumbai. 

The idea behind ‘Mach Mach’, a name given to the mural by the local paanwallah next door, was to reflect the tension prevalent between the two settlements, a battle that has been going on for decades and continues to go on as societies thrive and perish. The mural Amitabh has painted of a double-headed crocodile palpably highlights the conflict of the past, present, and the future of Pali village with the chaotic Mumbai city.

Mach Mach by Amitabh Kumar

Continental Drift, Daan Botlek, Holland 

Daan’s mural titled ‘Continental Drift’ can be found at the Aseema School in Chimbai Village. His work is highly subjective and involves the use of many basic elements such as rocks, ropes, sticks, and human characters. These elements, when used in different arrangements, usually take shape to form an image that can be interpreted in many ways. The basic idea behind all his murals is that there are no absolutes and each viewer’s interpretation of his work is as true as anyone else’s perception of it. 

The title Continental Drift came into being when one visiting local interpreted the mural as Pangaea, the supercontinent that existed 500 million years ago—a time when all continents were one and the same; however, slowly drifting apart over a period of time. 

Daan Botlek’s Continental Drift at the Aseema School.

Coming Home, Dome, Germany 

Dome’s mural titled ‘Coming Home’ can be spotted on the diamond arch building near Salt Water Café, Bandra. Located in a Catholic community, Dome’s mural features a man on a bicycle returning home from his day’s work with a fish that signifies his earnings. The artist has also tried to highlight the contrast of the rich and poor in Mumbai city by using tons of copper and gold on a rustic wall.  His style is surrealistic and dark and he uses a mix of stencil and exterior acrylic paint.

Full artwork and details of Coming Home by Dome.

Squeeze, Anpu, India 

ANPU’s mural titled ‘Squeeze’ can be found at Bandra Residency. The piece is called Squeeze because ANPU felt that Mumbai is cramped and everybody— from auto rickshaw wallahs to the train commuters—is constantly manoeuvring and squeezing through spaces. Playfully, Mumbai is likened to a custard apple— tough on the outside, but soft on the inside.

Squeeze by ANPU.

A 3-D facade by Yantr, outside a residence, Bandra.

Colour is an integral part in the transformation of any space and is at the heart of everything we do at Asian Paints. It was only logical that Asian Paints supported St+art Mumbai for the colourful renewal of urban spaces.