Start India is an initiative to make our Indian streets more interactive through the medium of urban art festivals across India. As part of its campaign, it has collaborated on public art across Delhi (India), a majority of which is in the area of Lodhi Colony and Mehar Chand Market,named the #LodhiArtDistrict. The Lodhi Art District happens to be my neighborhood too and as a resident, I wanted to share the positive effects public art has on a neighborhood. I truly appreciate the initiative and hope more works of public art come up in Delhi
As I walk past my neighbourhood Mehar Chand Market, carrying the groceries in the evening, my eyes fall on a bright geometric pattern on the building façade across the road. For a moment, I forget the tiring day and stare at the almost hallucinogenic pattern before moving on. There are many murals in Lodhi Art District, each by a different artist, having a unique theme. I sometimes overhear other people, while walking around talk about these artworks, and it gives me immense joy that my neighborhood has so many public artworks!
As an Engineer and Town Planner by education, I have studied the impacts of art & architecture on city planning, with many interesting case studies. The concept of using art, specifically culture planning for regeneration of towns, cities focussing on inclusive spaces for people to live, work and prosper is now an established practice in Urban Planning. I see this concept of ‘culture planning’ in action in my neighborhood of Lodhi Art District.
Sharing some of the art works I clicked till now on my walk through Lodhi Art District.
If you are in New Delhi, please do take time out to see these artworks, they are located very near to Lodhi Garden and Mehar Chand Market.