Street art work begins in Coimbatore city

Artists engaged in painting on a wall at Jawans' Bhavan in Coimbatore on Friday. M. Periasamy

Artists engaged in painting on a wall at Jawans' Bhavan in Coimbatore on Friday. M. Periasamy

A portion of the wall of a building in Jawans’ Bhavan on Huzur Road radiates with vibrant colours. Across the street, the exterior wall of City Police Commissioner’s office building that faces the road is also getting a makeover.

Seated on scaffoldings to paint the taller reaches of the walls are artists from the St+art India Foundation, who, in the next few days, will create a ‘Walkable Art Trail’ encompassing the district library building near Town Hall, State Bank of India Road and Arts College Road.

The artists will create art on walls of selected buildings to “enrich the cityscape with street art pieces”, says a release from the Foundation.

Wielding brushes at Jawans’ Bhavan are artists Abhik Payyapilly and Riji Philip. They are aided by Coimbatore artists Swathi Ravinthiran, Maithri Shankar and C.S. Bala Soundariya.

Mr. Payyapilly says the team is in the process of drawing the image of a woman holding ‘yali’ in one hand and a basket in the other.

The basket has cotton, banana leaves, flowers, etc., items that reflect traditional Coimbatore. As for the colours on the woman’s sari they chose the colours they saw on the tower of Koniamman Temple.

Ms. Philip says as they stayed closer to the temple, it was easy to observe the colour pattern and replicate it in their painting.

“The woman with ‘yali’ in one hand and flowers and banana leaves in the other hand is to convey her strength and tenderness at the same time,” Mr. Payyapilly adds.

The Payyapilly-Philip duo had also researched on the city when they were told about the street art project here. They started painting on Wednesday last and would require another seven days to complete the work.

The release says that through the paintings, the Foundation wants to create a recognisable spot in the city by developing art work that celebrates the State’s vernacular narratives, motifs and lost traditions.

Quoting Giulia Ambrogi, festival curator, St+art Foundation, the release adds that the street art recognises public spaces as a key area of values in the cities. The teams had created such work in various Indian cities and are supported by Asian Paints.

Corporation officials said the street art work under the Smart Cities Mission was aimed at giving a facelift to public spaces.

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