Will the Pune wall art movement experience a renaissance? | Pune News

A drive through the city and you are bound to find countless examples of street art on public walls and the walls of other buildings. Until a few years ago, Pune was a hub of street artists who painted the city red with their artwork. However, the last two years have seen a considerable drop in these projects due to the pandemic. Now, a city-based organization has come up with “The Unity Project” through which they aim to give Pune a creative facelift with murals by dozens of artists, while forming an artist community for locals. help more.
Change the landscape of the city
Siddharth Naik, co-founder of the organization that supports this project, shares: “We weren’t happy with what was viewed as art and we started discussing how to evaluate good art. This is how the idea for this initiative was born. All they want is to change the “city landscape” through art.
The concept excited street artist Kartikey Sharma, whose previous #CleanAndPaintPune campaign which aimed to paint 100 public walls across the city could not be completed due to lack of funds. Sharma’s works, which brought street art to the walls of Kian Art Gallery, launched The Unity Project and he will lead a team of artists for further work.
The artists are trying to start the project at Baner Road and University Road, and he shares that it will take around 3-4 months to paint a variety of images on this stretch. They are in talks with PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar and if things fall into place, more artwork may appear on the walls of Vimannagar and Koregaon Park. With Kumar’s interest in the project, the artists hope that with PMC’s involvement, it will also be easier to raise funds.
Gather artists
There would be around 40 to 50 artists involved in the project. Jay Sayandre Ghadage, an artist from Satara who has been painting on the street for 3-4 years, says: “It would be a good exhibition for artists. I have painted in other cities but we are going to experience something so big for the first time in Pune. I hope that people understand the culture and that the messages from the “talking walls” reach them.
Pune-based painter Shubham Shivaji Devkule is extremely excited about the project and hopes he can network and get more work. Apart from Sharma’s team, a team of artists from Marol Art Village, Mumbai will also participate. Omkar Dhareswar, co-founder of Wicked Broz, a group of artists from Marol, believes this will be a huge exhibition for all artists, especially beginners. “Historically, walls were meant to divide people, but these murals will bring people together,” says Dhareswar.
Over the years, Pune has seen various mural art projects take off. Artist Harshvardhan Kadam was among the first to adorn the city walls with his art. He even painted one of the largest murals in the country on a wall in Yerwada. Groups like Bade Moochwale have encapsulated the spirit of Pune with their artwork, while individuals like Kartikey have done their part to maintain the tradition.
Love for art!
I hope the project stands out and unites the community of artists. When working individually, artists are subject to exploitation. If they work together, they can not only create something beautiful, but also defend each other
-Raju Sutar, a renowned artist

Norma D. Ross