This October witnessed the joy of St+Art urban arts festival spreading colours across the streets of Bengaluru for the very first time. International and national Street artists gathered in Bengaluru, to paint the town red with their creativity, flooding its streets with murals, installations, performances, talks and screenings. From Cubbon Park to MG Road to Majestic Metro Stations, art centres were formed in startling public spaces, attracting a diverse crowd, to experience an eccentric form of art celebration. The festival, saw the works of 12 prolific Indian urban artists along with 4 influential international artists. The lineup of artists included Appupen, Aravani Art Project, Baadal, GuessWho, Shivo Shiv Suleman and Ullas Hydoor from Bengaluru itself. The works of well-known artists, Daku, Anpu from Delhi, Inkbrushnme, Sameer Kulavoor and Siddhartha Kararwal from Mumbai and international artists Artez from Serbia, Dan Goldman + Ram Devineni from USA, Remed from France, were also featured.
Mesmerising in its appeal, Rajasthan is a state of India synonymous to terms like royalty, majesty and grace. With beautiful palaces and forts, it is a narrative of the legends of the bygone era of the great Rajputs. As evident by the splendid and articulate architecture of almost every city of the Rajasthan, the rulers were meticulous builders. They have successfully constructed some of the most memorable and impressive forts and palaces of the country that have stood the test of time against unsympathetic desert winds and harsh sun. They have even managed to withstand numerous sieges and captivities. Open to the public to witness the grandeur of India’s history, many of them have even been transformed into heritage hotels. Upholding the glory of the imperial past of Rajasthan, some of the palaces and forts till date are living testimonies of their charisma and magnificence. One such forth in the Mewar district of Rajasthan is the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
What’s the thing we have with these patterns of repetitive elongated segments? We seem to love the look of the barcode. Although stripes, monochrome or technicolour, and timber or metal slats and strips have been used by designers since the beginning of time as striped wallpaper, upholstery and the like, and even those LED strips lighting up from concealed positions under stairs and POP have now come to be old hash, we still don’t seem to tire of ‘em stripes! And this seemingly old and simple technique of treatment seems to lend itself unceasingly to endless reinventions in any day and age. Well, with many projects on the latest list of best interiors brought out by the INSIDE World Interiors for 2016 using this stripe-y feature; it seems quite the flavour of the season…
Neon signs, fantastical light shows and videos playing out on enormous screens that actually are the faces of buildings have come to be the hallmark of most big or iconic cities of the world; their lit-up city-scape silhouettes inextricably fused with their names and identities. Media facades and LED displays have moved beyond just their Vegas or Broadway definitions to become a ubiquitous aspect of any modern city-scape. The way a building is lit up at night has become a part of its design process and an integral aspect of its aesthetic, giving rise to terms such as ‘mediatecture’. And, even further, building facades are lit up on occasions to convey an opinion or a point of view, to express solidarity with a cause or with people affected by an event, as in the case of the Paris Attacks, or simply to commemorate a historical event or celebrate a festival. These facades have animated buildings which were just mute spectators thus far with their imposing yet stoic presence into expressing, informing, marketing and entertaining on a mega scale.
If necessity is the mother of all inventions, then Curiosity fuels innovations. An inquisitive mind can make a person do wonders. A Noida farmer's 17 year-old son, a student at Government Polytechnic College in Manesar Gurgaon, Akash Singh, is a living testament to this. At such a tender age, he has given us a weapon in our efforts towards Sustainability - by inventing a machine that is capable of harnessing wind energy, using moving vehicles! It is heartwarming to see that while on one hand Delhi becomes the most polluted city on earth, on the other hand, youth of India is brainstorming to find appropriate solutions.
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