On Sunday May 20th, more than 600 Mumbaikars equipped with images of a better tomorrow and a paint brush in hand came together to brighten and enlighten the 2 kilometre long wall along Tulsi pipe road to ‘Design their Dream City’, an activity organized by Tata Housing.
Participants from all walks of life converged along the strip of wall near Dadar station at 7am and wrapped up around lunchtime.
The wall art illustrated social messages quintessentially Mumbai, ranging from anti-crime (like the picture of a Mumbai policeman designed to highlight safety issues), anti-corruption, eco-awareness, non-violence and of course Bollywood.
Hukum Chauhan who paints Bollywood sets recreated a movie poster of Mother India, rueful about the bygone era of hand painted film hoardings. Another interesting concept was by artist Hemant Sonawane, who did a parody on the crazy Mumbai traffic by giving the common man’s set of wheels, the humble rickshaw a set of wings (maybe he should have painted a can of Redbull next to it for good measure!).
Text by Natalie Pedder-Bajaj