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Capital’s trash bins get massive art attack

Monday, 16 September 2013 | Sweta Goswami | New Delhi

It may seem out of the box, but dumpsters in the Capital have turned into canvases for enthusiastic painters. With an aim to give a subtle enhancement to the city’s aesthetics, the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has come up with the idea of painting trash bins and walls of subways. Moreover, the paintings are expected to reflect the mood of the place where the bins are installed. The initiative, which started from Lodhi Gardens, will now be carried forward at Children’s Park in India Gate.

The NDMC believes that the drive will encourage people to use dustbins and not litter the place. “Often trashcans are not noticed by people. By making them look attractive and colourful, they just might come closer to take a look and dispose waste rather than trashing it elsewhere,” said OP Mishra, Director (Welfare and Project), NDMC, explaining the reasons why they chose something as banal as a garbage bin for beautification.

Recently, wastebins in Lodhi Gardens witnessed this artistic revolution. On Saturday, children as well as famous painters brought life to trash barrels in one brush stroke. “Art nowadays is confined to galleria and are mostly done for commercial reasons. However, there are quite a few people who are willing to work without bottomline in mind. I gave the proposal to the NDMC and they approved it,” said Yogesh Saini, an entrepreneur and the man behind the initiative titled Delhi Street Art.

Eventually, the civic body also plans to create graffiti on the walls of its subways. “The interior walls of the subways too can be an expressive canvas. We will ensure they make you stop and think,” said Jalaj Shrivastava, Chairperson, NDMC. The ashcans would be painted according to the characteristics of the area they are placed at. In Lodhi Gardens, flowers were the leitmotif. At the Children’s Park, cartoon characters would be the dominant theme.

Although anyone who is interested in fine arts can contribute to this drive, currently, the civic body is vying options to rope in a few renowned artists. “We like the fact that kids and adults alike have shown keen interest in beautifying the city. But we will get in some big names soon as the project is huge and will have to be executed creatively,” said Mishra. While a portion of the subway at Janpath will sell Tihar Jail produce, yet another will have a creative wall for people to paint on.

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