By Admin – Feb, 2014
Last year we explored Khirki Village near Saket, the experience of which we captured in our post Discover Khirki Village – The Graffiti Hub of Delhi. This February, we were really excited to see on Facebook the surge of pics from St.Art Delhi‘s street art festival in Shahpur Jat. The desire to explore fresh street art increased our curiosity to the point that finally on a holiday we made it to Shahpur Jat in the early hours. There couldn’t be a better time of the year to go there!
Starting off, the first art work we saw was by ANO. It shows a crow which apparently blasts a dynamite and flies away. A crow might have been the perfect character for this one as it adorns the walls of garbage dump area.
Walking into one of the streets we spotted Yantr’s sea creature. Had seen it on Facebook but really wanted to check it out in person. There was another mechanical being by PCO on a house but unfortunately the buildings were juxtaposed and we couldn’t get a proper sight of it to make a great picture. So we had to move on without clicking that one, damn!
The next art work we spotted closely resembled the twin giant squids of Khirki Village. We found a Mattia Lullini! The uniqueness of his street art comes from its intricacy.
Below it was a portrait of a “lootera” (bandit) by Avinash (By the way, this bandit has been given a set of eyes, nose and mouth by some kids. Fortunately, our Photoshop skills are not bad enough so here’s the pic of the bandit as it should be!).
Breaking out into a relatively open area we found Anpu’s famous Cat. It’s a huge mural high up on a building facade. (Anpu along with Germany based artist ECB Hendrik Beikirch recently painted Delhi Police HQ’s building with Gandhi ji’s wall mural.)Digging deeper and trying to cover as much ground as possible, we spotted a variety of street art and graffiti.Anpu, Tofu and Tona will mesmerize you with their hypnotic pieces.
Alien characters by Baroda based Team UFO.Somebody’s stuck! Pigs dominate this garbage dump. More from Mattia Lullini. A big iron needle to stitch the countries together! Tag by Daku in his signature Devanagiri style. Wonder what he’s missing.
Moving towards the end of our sojourn through the urban village we reached the spot where we had spotted the first piece. We had tea at a small shop on the street. As we sipped on the tea and thanked ourselves to have come to Shahpur Jat and that too in the early hours when the world is asleep, a small conversation struck with the tea vending lady. Pointing towards the dynamite crow street art by ANO, she said,
“Adhe ghante me hi bana diya un logo ne ye painting! Pehle yaha banake sample dikhaya fir gharo pe banaya. Bahot hi shandar banate hai. DDA flats ko to poora saja dala in logo ne!”
(The artists completed this painting in a matter of half hour! First, they made it here to give a sample of their skill and then went on to paint on houses. It’s just stunning. They totally decorated the DDA flats!)
Our day was made. What a refreshing morning it was! Thanks to the splendid work by the street artists. The cool weather and the silence of early morning hours further accentuated the pleasure. It was thrilling to walk in the Shahpur Jat streets just like going on a treasure hunt. Looking forward to many more such street art fests in Delhi in the future. Detach from your daily routine. Don’t miss out on Shahpur Jat… The walls are calling!