Nov 01, 2017
St+art India Foundation and Asian Paints, along with the gracious support of Western Railway and the Consulate General of Brazil in Mumbai, have come together to transform Churchgate station, one of Mumbai’s busiest stations, into a work of art. Legendary Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra, known for his remarkable photorealistic portraits rich in colour and geometric kaleidoscopic shapes, pays tribute to historical leaders who stood in the name of peace-creating unforgettable landmarks in cities. The Mahatma Gandhi mural, which Kobra is in the process of creating at Churchgate station, is in-line with his aim of creating public art masterpieces which are democratic in nature and symbols of peace - messages which are particularly relevant to our times. The project at Churchgate is an opportunity to offer commuters a cultural experience through murals in the most accessible way possible. The artwork which is on the outside facade of the landmark Churchgate station, one of Mumbai’s beloved stations, has been made possible because of the support of Western Railway. The mural of Mahatma Gandhi in Churchgate station aims to use the power of public art to create a dialogue and join people under a positive message of peace. Some of Eduardo Kobra’s most celebrated pieces include the portraits of Oscar Niemeyer in Sao Paolo, Albert Einstein and Mother Teresa in Los Angeles, ‘Kiss’ in Times Square, New York. Along with his team, Kobra created the Guinness world record for the largest spray-painted mural “Etnias”, for the Rio 2016 Olympics. St+art Mumbai 2017: Over the course of the next 3 months, the St+art Mumbai festival will bring 30 international and Indian artists to Mumbai to create murals, experiential exhibitions, performances, workshops, curated tours, screenings, talks and many more interventions that will bring various creative communities together. The aim is to create newer ways of re-discovering the city through art and urban design interventions.