Big is beautiful in Poland

Tuesday, 18 February 2014 - 6:00am IST Updated: Monday, 17 February 2014 - 7:08pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Huge murals and artworks are now a part of the landscapes in many cities of the country.

Street art has always fascinated artists across the globe. This is one medium that gives an artist a huge canvas, literally. While many countries like Germany, UK, Brazil, Spain, and Ukraine have murals on their city walls, it’s Poland, which has seen a massive revolution where street art is concerned. In various cities in Poland, artists have used walls of house, apartments and even office to make big, beautiful murals.

Some of these murals scale up to 10 storeys.

Most of these works have been created by Przemyslaw Blejzyk and Mateusz Gapski, also known as Sainer and Bezt, and collectively as ‘Etam’. They have recently collaborated with another Polish artist Natalia Rak on some murals. Natalia has many artworks in Poland and the US to her credit.

These days they have been getting projects commissioned by local city festivals. This gives them an opportunity to work without having to worry about getting permission or other such hassles. From a girl flowering a plant to a giant switch, artists have created some beautiful big images on the walls. They often turn to traditional folklore for inspiration, and then fuse it with modern styles.

The artists say that it takes them a week or more to complete a piece. At the end of a project they leave behind work that is liked by locals and gives them creative satisfaction.

Delhi welcomes street art
In India, Delhi has been seeing an increase in street art making it’s presence felt. St.Art Delhi is an urban art festival that brought together some of the best Indian and international street artists for a month of murals, installations, performances, workshops, walks and talks on the streets. The festival was aimed at promoting street art and graffiti on Indian landscapes, as well as provide a collaborative platform for artists from all over the world.

THE GANDHI MURAL: One of the most talked about mural is the one on the wall of the Delhi Police headquarters building. The portrait of Mahatma Gandhi was painted by German artist Hendrik Beikirch with Delhi-based artist Anpu. It has been created on a wall that’s over 150 ft x 38 feet. You can spot it easily while driving towards Delhi Gate from Pragati Maidan.

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