Sunday, June 24, 2012

Mumbai Wall Art Project


JANNAT KI SAWAARI - flying auto rickshaw mural by artist Hemant Sonawane
 
Hemant Sonawane painting his flying auto rickshaw mural - JANNAT KI SAWAARIHemant Sonawane painting his flying auto rickshaw mural - JANNAT KI SAWAARI


I was speaking of projects -- projects that I've missed to list over here. One such event was the Mumbai Wallbook organized by Tata Housing, Asian Paints and Brand Promotions. About 500 artists participated in this event to paint a wall 2kms long. This was also an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records for the Longest Painted Wall in India.

The entire stretch of Tulsi Pipe Road from Mahim to Dadar was divided into sections and allotted to different Art Teams. Participants varied from professional artists to amateurs, from architects and designers to students, from housewives and kids to senior citizens.... the range was terrific. And media presence was as eccentric. There was BBC but no Times of India, there was Zee and Star but no IBN Lokmat.

JANNAT KI SAWAARI - flying auto rickshaw mural by artist Hemant Sonawane

My work and interviews were covered by BBC News, Hindustan Times, DNA, Mid-Day and Zee 24 Taas. Along with me, Santosh Patil, Samrat Bhogle,  and my wife Aamrapali represented Hemant Sonawane's STUDIO at the event. The theme was 'Visualize Mumbai - Paint the City of your Dreams'.


SUPERHEROES wall art by Hemant Sonawane & Samrat Bhogle : Superman, Batman, Spiderman and Common ManJANNAT KI SAWAARI - flying auto rickshaw mural by artist Hemant Sonawane taking a flight to heaven


We painted two subjects :

JANNAT KI SAWAARI   :  In English, this means "A Tour of Heaven". This flying auto-rickshaw is an ode to every Mumbaikar's dream to escape the daily traffic congestion and rising fuel prices.

and


SUPERHEROES  :  Four squares depicting a logo of some superhero in each of them. Superman, Batman, Spiderman ....and Common Man. Yes, we hailed Mumbai's aam janata for its bravery to survive the city and its courage to keep returning to the same life. This is Mumbai as it is... and the Mumbai everyone wants it to remain.


These are some media clippings from the event :

Hemant Sonawane's wall art photographed by 'Kya Khayal Hai'
Hemant Sonawane's wall art photographed by 'Kya Khayal Hai'

Hemant Sonawane covered by BBC News, UK
Hemant Sonawane covered by BBC News, UK
BBC News journalists interviewing artist Hemant Sonawane
BBC News journalists interviewing artist Hemant Sonawane
 
Media flocks to document Wall Art by Hemant Sonawane
Media flocks to document Wall Art by Hemant Sonawane

MNS leader Nitin Sardesai & Pogo Channel's anchor Rob appreciate Hemant Sonawane's Wall Art
MNS leader Nitin Sardesai & Pogo Channel's anchor Rob appreciate Hemant Sonawane's Wall Art
 


Hemant Sonawane posing with RadioCity's Malavika after the interview
Hemant Sonawane posing with RadioCity's Malavika after the interview
Fans and Media frenzy around Hemant Sonawane's flying rickshaw - seen here Zee 24Taas team
Fans and Media frenzy around Hemant Sonawane's flying rickshaw - seen here Zee 24Taas team
 Fans and Media frenzy around Hemant Sonawane's flying rickshaw - seen here Zee 24Taas team
Hemant Sonawane with his assisting artists - Santosh Patil and Shashikant Chavan
Hemant Sonawane with his assisting artists - Santosh Patil and Shashikant Chavan

Samrat Bhogle sketching the Superheroes mural for Hemant Sonawane's STUDIO
Samrat Bhogle sketching the Superheroes mural for Hemant Sonawane's STUDIO
 
Hindustan Times photo-journalist Kalpak Pathak balancing over a taxi to shoot Hemant Sonawane's Flying Rickshaw wall art at Tulsi Pipe Road, May 2012
Hindustan Times photo-journalist Kalpak Pathak balancing over a taxi to shoot Hemant Sonawane's Flying Rickshaw wall art at Tulsi Pipe Road, May 2012
and finally... special mention to volunteer Nishant Bangera for his superb support !!
and finally... special mention to volunteer Nishant Bangera for his superb support !!




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