2014

India's Tallest Mural: Gandhi at the Police Headquarters

St+art India

150 ft mural of Mahatma Gandhi at the Police Headquarters in         New Delhi

In January 2014, as part of the St+Art Delhi street art festival, the headquarters of the Delhi Police was the site for an unprecedented collaboration between a government body and street art.

Mahatma Gandhi Mural | Hendrick ECB Beikirich | Delhi Police Head Quarters, ITO, Hendrick, From the collection of: St+art India

Hendrick ECB is a German street artist, and is known for his style of creating large scale portraits. He has made several artworks across the world, including a 70 metre long portrait of a fisherman in Busan, Asia's highest mural. He worked with Indian artist Anpu on a piece which would eventually be larger than 150 ft. The scale of the project was so huge that it required the tallest industrial crane available in india to complete it.

Mahatma Gandhi Mural | Hendrick ECB Beikirich | Delhi Police Head Quarters, ITO, Hendrick, From the collection of: St+art India

During the making of the piece, Hendrick and Anpu would go on top of a mosque across the road from the Police Headquarters to check on their progress and share notes on the way forward. Through the five days it took them to paint the piece, their reference was a small postcard sized image of the Mahatma.

Mahatma Gandhi Mural | Hendrick ECB Beikirich | Delhi Police Head Quarters, ITO, Hendrick, From the collection of: St+art India

Once finished, the piece stood 152 feet tall, and is widely recognised as India's tallest mural. It also represented a significant step forward in terms of cultural engagement between art and the government.  A project of this scale proved that Indian public institutions are open minded and forward thinking.

Mahatma Gandhi Mural | Hendrick ECB Beikirich | Delhi Police Head Quarters, ITO, Hendrick, From the collection of: St+art India

Watch the making of video of the Mahatma Gandhi Mural

Credits: Story

Curator + Photographs  — Akshat Nauriyal
Film — www.nowdelhi.tv

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