Eye-catching murals, multimedia installations and art work with underlying social messages now greet those entering or leaving the Metro station at Peenya. Even busy commuters slow down to look around and admire the creative outpourings.
The credit for the makeover of the Metro station goes to the students of Yelahanka-based Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. Art in Transit, a project that was started a year-and-a-half ago by the final year students of Bachelor of Creative Arts degree, is now nearing completion and is set to be officially unveiled on December 17.
Faculty member Amitabh Kumar calls it ‘a work-in-progress’ and says that the station would look much better on the day of unveiling.
The Peenya station is the only one of all the 40 Metro stations in Phase-I that has been handed over to students to be beautified. There are 19 students working on an equal number of art projects here presently. They are either in their final year or have recently graduated from the institution.
Silhouettes are painted in white on a black wall and can be seen by those stepping on to the two platforms where the trains arrive and depart. Also found there are modular furniture in attractive colours, resembling huge cubes, which can be moved around.
Student Reuben Samson’s art portrays an abandoned, decaying Peenya. Positioned on the platforms, these multimedia installations on acrylic reflect on the glass panes of the trains that enter Platform Two, making it look as if the train windows have been painted.
Nina, a Class 4 student based in the US, who was travelling on the Metro for the first time with her parents, appeared delighted with the art. “The installation with the hanging pieces was really nice to look at,” said her father Venu Pai, an IT professional.
He was referring to the long, colourful PVC pipes that are hung along the stairs, which are a huge hit with the public. The installation with 600 small mirrors positioned below each step in the staircase, which beautifully traces the path a commuter takes, is a major attraction. Mammoth photographs of petty shops, boys playing on the street and portraits of real people also adorn the station.
On the outside
Murals are painted on the outside too. Two art works that stand out are the twisted barricades hung from steel wires that appear as if they are floating in air. Explaining the rationale behind `Broken Barricades’, its creator Shail Suneja says: “Numerous differences prevail between the localites and the industries that have set shop here over the decades. This is to symbolically break down the hurdles.”
Behind the scenes
U A Vasant Rao, the man behind Rangoli Metro Art Centre, deserves a pat on the back for giving the students the creative freedom. Rajesh Narang of Ample Technologies provided `50 lakh to the students under their CSR scheme. Aastha Chauhan, a New Delhi-based designer, also assisted the students.