Artist Do’s artwork turning heads with a realistic yet whimsical depiction of Delhi
December 29, New Delhi: Kashmere Gate Metro Station, a gateway between the charms of Old Delhi and the modern, contemporary New Delhi, gets a new identity with a mural at Eldeco Junction. As the commuters enter the premises of the metro station, they get welcomed with artwork transcending the boundaries of time. Depicting the past, present, and the future, this 1238 sq ft of artwork portrays the changing face of Kashmere Gate over time, where one who has lived in Delhi for a long, can identify with every phase.
Kashmere Gate Metro station has stood a witness to transformation over the past few months. In November, realty developers Eldeco along with Kapoor Developers launched Eldeco Junction, the first Retail Hub of Kashmere Gate Metro. Now, to make it more vivacious, they have contracted an artist, Do, who has painted an elaborate mural on the wall adjacent to the entry gate of the station.
Nikunj aka Do, an artist based out of Delhi, has been working since 2014, while studying for a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Applied Arts) at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Vadodara. Do’s work is extremely contextual and draws on influences by studying the local characteristics of a space and its people. The artist also works together with his partner Sid aka Khatra. Together their diverse work consists of Anamorphosis Art, Graffiti, Imaginative Characters and 3D Graffiti. Independently he has worked in the projects such as St+art Mumbai & Patna with a tribute to front line workers being the latest and realized the latest commissioned digital artwork for Runwaysquare x Gucci.
This mural has created a buzz and been drawing the attention of commuters, artists, and art lovers alike. Kashmere Gate, a crossroad between past, present, and future, is depicted perfectly in this artwork showing the never-ending energy between people and the place. In the background, the artist proposes a calming landscape mindful of the gates and where they lead to the magical land of Kashmir. The treatment suggests an almost day-dreamy approach to the artwork, aiming at infusing calm and contemplation in contrast with the high level of energy of the site. The mural also includes local elements of local flora and fauna to infuse a sense of peace and offer an experience akin to a frozen moment in time within this buzzing hub.
Eldeco Junction was launched with a vision to create a family destination where people can come and enjoy some quality time along with great food and shopping. This mural adds an aspect of beauty and exquisiteness to this vision. It relates to each commuter by making them feel included in an integral proud part of the city.