POLY AND THE METRO MURAL PROJECT
It was to the great glory of the Polytechnic, that we received the Mural
Projects for the Five Metro Stations of Delhi. These are massive Murals
created by us, for both Indoor and Outdoor Walls of the Stations. It
includes the prestigious first-ever Underground Line at Kashmere Gate.
The Mediums chosen after many experiments were those of :
(i) Mosaic Tiles (ii) Hand-Painted Tiles
(iii) Metal Ware (iv) Glass-Upon-Acrylic Canvas.
It is to our pride that we completed the Murals in Record Time and well
before the Scheduled Deadline. This was due to Time-Management and
tremendous Teamwork by both Staff and the Students.
The theme of Neo-realistic and Semi-Stylized Forms and thematic
interpretations of ‘Nature and Environment’, were selected after due
deliberation. This was in conformity to the fact that Metro Stations are
located in densely populous areas . The Natural Habitat has shrunk, at
all these locales. It is also reckoned that these ‘Themes and Styles’
would be the most uplifting, for the Harried or Weary Commuter.
· JEEV JANTU and PARINDO-KI-URAN
ANIMAL KINGDOM and A FLIGHT OF BIRDS These are massive
murals (100 X 60 Ft) done on the outside walls of Vivekanandpuri/Sarai
Rohilla Station. They consist of attractive animals and beautiful birds,
some in joyous flight.
· WAQT KI PUKAR / THE CALL OF TIME
This is upon the Indoor Walls of the above said Station. It consists of
hand painted Monuments in blue and ochre. They are symbolic of the fact
that the Metro has been one Mega Project that has not damaged any
historic relic of Delhi. It expresses also the essence of a City that
has seen Seven Civilisations. It is also implicit in meaning, on how in
the old fables and feats remain for us, in sermons and stones.
· TREE OF LIFE / JEEVAN VRIKSHA
This exhibits a coalescent collection of composite organic life that
branch out at the staircase, to trellis the Tree-of-Life.
· JAL JAHAN / THE WORLD OF WATER
The rituals of life alongside the Ghats of India, have been recreated in
a resplendent fashion, at Pratap Nagar Station.
· NEER / WATER
Water as a universal medium has been used to create and replenish Indian
Art. They depict it ,both in fluent flux and as a Salutation to the
· PUSHP BAHAR / FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS
These are festive floral compositions in mosaic, of the tenderest forms
in Nature, on the Outer Walls of Rithala Station.
·CHANDNI LAHU KI YATRA ORGANIC / INORGANIC JOURNEY
These are Three-Dimensional Art Collages, using Stainless Steel Metal.
They have been superimposed with hand-painted tiled creations in a
trinity of : White, Black and Blue, at Kohat Station.
It may well be the only one of its' kind exhibited at a Metro Station,
anywhere in the World. They are said to glimmer at night, in glints of
· THE DOORS OF INDIA / DESH KE DWAAR
These depict the 'Daily Life at the Threshold'.. We not only have the
Doorways at Keshavpuram Station but Glimpses of India ,in figurine and
invoked emotions. The Art Work on hand- painted Tiles also embody the
'Inner and Outer Worlds' of our Homes and Hearths.
· CELEBRATION OF COLOURS /RANG UTSAV
The keynote of Kashmere Gate Station Mural is the re-creative quality.
This is due to the constant participation of the Commuters and
Onlookers, within the Image. The Finished Image is forever reassembling
and re-inventing itself. The deflecting depiction and diffraction of the
Acrylic Canvas emotes kaleidoscopic forms and celebrates the 'Colours of
There is fulfilling feedback that the 'Departing' or 'Arriving'
impressions of the Commuters (mostly Youngsters from the University,
which is the next stop from here!) are those of bemusement and
exhilaration. In one sense, it may be the most ‘Alive Art' created till
now, at a Metro Station.
It was to our quintessential discipline and elated endeavour, that we
were granted so many Metro Mural Projects. It has been a great
experience and of countless value to us. This was both in terms of
Vocation and Citation for the Faculty plus the Future Citizens Or our
Students, for the Country.