The opening day at the Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender saw a record turnout,with over 6,000 music fans making their way to Laxmi Lawns. While most of the stages were closed as it was the first day,the Dub Station stage,which is bigger than before,attracted most of the attention. This was in part because of the graffiti by artists Zine,Daku,Sam Sam,Yantr,PCO and Zake,who have been painting at the venue since last week.
The walls that enclosed the stage in 2011 have been broken down and to compensate for the lack of wall space,the artists have come up with an innovative idea. Massive sheets of cellophane have been stretched to create faux walls,which adds to the atmosphere. Sam Sam explains,The lights interact with the art work on these translucent sheets. This adds a different dimension to the works. Painting on cellophane is different from
painting on walls. Initially,we struggled,with paint dripping on the sheets,but we had some time to work things out.
Sam Sam has added to an artwork that was made during NH7 in 2011 by Serbian artist Artez. We already had all these speakers painted. I just painted a face in between, she says.