Monday, December 21, 2009

Scenic Bengaluru by the grace of BBMP

Bangalore's street walls used to be the dirtiest of the lot with the film posters and non-filmy political graffiti causing eye sore and visual pollution.

Thanks to the move by the BBMP; Bangalore is on a beautifying spree by the replacement of all movie posters, under the guidance of BBMP Commissioner, Bharat Lal Meena.

Majority of the scenes depict scenes from our epics such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, sculptures and famous tourist destinations.

Few playgrounds are surrounded by the paintings of sport stars and sporting events.

Some of these paintings on the either side of the under bridges are so visually appealing that we tend to get distracted while driving past them.

A Government School compound after the beautification drive in Malleswaram.

First, the walls are painted with white background color to act as a base for the different colors to stay on them.

Light markings are done of the images with the use of charcoal by the artist before starting his depiction of scene.

If the wall is uneven, plastering is done and then painted with the white background color.

Small-time painters were given orders by the contractors to beautify the walls in each area.

Since enamel paint takes long time to dry, the whole process takes time for the completion of the wall painting, but the whole exercise is worth the wait.

Familiar Ajanta Elora figures take much space among the walls around the Bangalore City.

Flat colors being used after the charcoal markings.

After the thorough drying of these background colors, the paintings now concentrate on the finer aspects of detailing stage by stage.

A painter is allotted space for each painting and paid Rs 15/- per square feet after completion of the demarcated wall.

Huge spending has occurred for these beautification drive, I wish the BBMP could spare part of the funds for the betterment of the road condition in reducing the plight of the road users and the trauma of the back by the riders!!!

1 comment:

sameer said...

hi this is sameer frm blore , Nice to see the pics uploaded here
I have worked for that project of painting on the walls by bbmp , I am quite annoyed by the fact that bbmp are not keen on making the city look beautiful, yes its a good idea to paint the walls but there's a limit it shouldnt exceed the boundaries ...
As far as i know they would't pay more and spend more for it ... we from the art school offered them some interesting projects but the authorities rejected them for their unfavourable reasons ...... but yet they could have done a better job i feel considering the fact that they do not take care of those pictures in future!!!!