New Delhi’s Lodhi Colony has over 50 murals, offering visitors a chance to enjoy art out in the open
Delhi has a love affair with street art. From the huge Gandhi mural on the side of the Delhi Police building at ITO, to fun art painted on the bare walls of Shankar Market to the latest installation at Khan Market, Delhi offers visitors a chance to enjoy art out in the open. But nowhere is it more prominent than at the Lodhi Art District – India’s first open air art museum.
What started out as a three-wall experiment in 2015 by St+art India, an NGO focussing on bringing art to the people, soon gave shape to the art district. Today there are 54 murals all over Lodhi Colony – a government housing neighbourhood built by the British in the 1940s.
Lodhi Colony is rather apt for an open air art museum. The area is pedestrian friendly, with lots of open spaces and wide roads. Its unique architecture – each triple storey building here features a central arched doorway and four windows (two on either side) wherein the archway affords a view inside a courtyard – thrilled the artists. It is also centrally located and is walking distance from landmarks like Lodhi Gardens and India Habitat Centre.
With the help of CPWD, NDMC, the residents of Lodhi Colony, and Asian Paints, St+Art India partnered with local and international artists to bring the art closer to the public.
The art is funky but it also calls out important social and environmental issues: from climate change to vulnerable communities like LGBTQ to Indian culture and values.
Here’s our pick of a few of the must-see murals.