Artist Daku painted this bright red LPG rocket at Malviya Nagar. This is one more example which shows how graffiti artists connect with the people. Daku highlights a pervasive problem which burns a big hole in everyone’s pocket – rising LPG prices. Prices of all commodities rise from time to time and fuel is no exception. What Daku aims to portray here is that LPG prices are skyrocketing, making life tough for consumers, especially the middle class. Even the low income consumers barely use the traditional chulha for cooking; LPG demand is on a high.
Last year in September, the government imposed a cap of 6 subsidized cylinders per year. Recently, it was decided to raise the cap to 9 by April but with the caveat that state run oil companies could raise diesel prices from time to time. Whichever way you may take it, as consumers we have to deal with our share of problems and run our households by adjusting with them.
What is even more interesting is the location that Daku chose to drop this eye catcher. Ironically, he chose a spot just next to a LPG agency which is located at a busy stop light area. Heavy traffic flows from all directions and by passers always abound, pick whatever area of Delhi you may. The spot is near Khirki village and faces a posh mall. So, people from all income groups are audience to this piece of art. Now, that this artwork is already there, lets consider the purposes it solves. People waiting in their cars at the red light have something to gaze at. Pedestrians have something to laugh off their problems with. Workers at the agency have something to ridicule. One thing’s for sure, the very day you pass by this pricey rocket, you’re bound to get a long lasting impression in your mind. Flames will run low that day!
Found a stencil graffiti inside a restricted area near Hauz Khas Metro Station. The guy on the wall shows the \m/ sign (Rock on!!) and says “Catch me if you can!”. I guess that’s the most apt way to describe the artist’s intent in leaving a mark inside a high voltage, restricted area. It is like a “was here” sign which catches the eyeballs of busy metro travelers. To me this graffiti is somewhat hilarious because it’s cheekiness contrasts perfectly with its location.
In this stencil graffiti, the most obvious figure that the eye can see is that of a girl with a peaceful smile on her face. But as I look more closely, I find something interesting. I’m not sure if it’s just me or would someone else also catch what I can. The other way I can read this artwork is that of a girl who’s not at peace like the first one. She’s terrified by the sting of a scorpion. Try looking at the right eye of the ‘obvious girl’ as the head of the hidden and you’ll get what I’m trying to say. As I said, maybe it’s just my own imagination. Maybe some part of my mind is deeply affected by the recent (and utterly shameful) Delhi gang rape news and that part of my mind is giving me the illusion. Very well expressed by the artist, intentionally or unintentionally! No points to guess I’d like the obvious image to be the true picture of womankind.
[Yantr] A picture is worth a thousand words @ Delhi
Graffiti by Yantr where he gives his take on the socio-political status in India. He shows the parliament in red color with a sign of poison whereas the public are shown as rodents. Indeed, this picture speaks what a thousand words can’t.