Street art has long been recognised for its bold, unscripted and striking nature; it has been considered as a rebellious form of art, now being welcomed for its beauty and message. Street art has come a long way from the ghettos of New York to the streets of New Delhi.
One of the most well-known forms of street art is graffiti, which remains relevant even today for its socio-political messages. Other than being a form of expression, graffiti attracts thousands for making the boring streets colourful, quirky and interactive. There are plenty of cities which have welcomed this unique art across the country, especially the capital city of Delhi.
So instead of spending your time around the four walls of your room or the malls, walk along the streets of the city and see these majestic pieces of street art to truly understand Delhi's expressions.
The Khirki village is the location where the street art festival was started by the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art. The festival brought together a large number of artists on a single platform to transform the dull walls of the area into walls which speak. The main aim of the project was to celebrate self-expression and positive thinking, which makes it a must visit.
The area is riot of colours. The walls, if not painted with graffiti, would appear in the hues of bright pink, yellow and blue. This colourful combination has always attracted photographers and models.
The graffiti here depicts a modern understanding of mythical characters which are depicted with severed heads along with various aspects of nature.
Lok Nayak Bhavan
This structure is adorned with a painting of a face split in two, which is the creation of an artist named Okuda. The work takes its inspiration from the relentless force of capitalism in the lives of people.
The graffiti depicts one face as a night sky and the other in rainbow colours. However, this piece of art is open to multiple interpretations and would inspire one to think and create.
Hauz Khas Village
The main street of Hauz Khas village is a combination of pubs, cafes and various designer boutiques. However, its rear is decked up with beautiful graffiti art.
One can find a contrast with the capitalist ventures of the main lanes to the democratic expression of art in the bylanes, which is truly a wonderful sight to witness.
Lodhi Art District
Lodhi Colony is the city's first open-air public art district, which was established by an NGO named St+Art, and the main aim of this project was to make art accessible to everyone.
The area has about 26 odd walls between the Khanna Market and the Mehar Chand Market, which burst out in riot of not only colours but also various thoughts and emotions. Apart from this, the walls are installed with murals depicting extraordinary expressions.