The urban life of Mumbai can hardly be portrayed on a single canvas. Artisans here have used a much larger space to brush down the city’s reflections and colors – the streets. Chapel Road at Bandra is where we can see that exhibition.
The Graffiti on these walls include Bollywood portraits, Cartoons, Throw-ups, Stencils, Pieces, and what not? The images blend in beautifully into an environment with busy street life, discolored walls, and ivy crawling up from little cracks.
The area is quite unique in it’s architectural style. It’s narrow streets and damaged buildings give the impression of an ancient settlement. However, the continuous buzzing of vehicles will keep you on your toes. Nevertheless, walking on these streets provides a sense of serenity, unlike many other busy parts of Mumbai. May be that calmness is the reason why the Graffiti movement in Mumbai was born here.
The artists have used everything around the streets to expand their creativity. There is paint on windows, doors, letterboxes and even trees. After all, that’s what defines urban art forms – being creative in a chaotic way.
Though many of the works have failed to beat the aging walls and whitewash, there has been some effort to revive this urban art heritage site. St.art Mumbai, Bollywood Art Project and Dharavi Art room are some examples. The artists who take part in these projects range from small children to some globally reputed artists like Gomez. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) – City’s public governing body – appreciates and supports these efforts.
From what I experienced in Chapel street, it’s a must visit place if you want to get a glimpse of the modern urban culture as well as the Bollywood vibe that’s hanging around Mumbai. Follow the map, and you shall find the treasure 😉
Tip: Park your vehicle somewhere appropriate and take a walk to enjoy the art!