Non-profit St+art India is transforming the country’s urban spaces, one wall at a time.Sneha Mehta
In the heart of New Delhi sits Lodhi Colony, one of the last residential areas built in the 1940s during British rule. Originally a quiet, nondescript neighborhood home to government employees, Lodhi Colony today is the unlikely site of a colorful and vibrant urban renewal. Street artists from across the world have covered the colony’s wide, symmetrical facades with massive, arresting murals, ranging from typographic abstractions drawn from Indian hand-lettering to a mosaic-inspired rendition of Rani Lakshmibai.
The organization responsible for creating this open-air art gallery is St+art India, a not-for-profit on a mission to create a uniquely Indian model of arts districts to transform the country’s urban hubs.
By bringing art onto the streets and integrating it into existing communities and neighborhoods, St+art India has helped create community pride, boost local economies, and even stop public urination. And with St+art districts popping up across India, from Lodhi Colony in Delhi, Maqtha Art District in Hyderabad, Mahim (E) Art project in Mumbai, and the recent
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