For exactly a week now, the Govindpuri Metro station has been undergoing a makeover – one that doesn’t inconvenience commuters one bit. In fact, it has been a topic of much amusement and a worthy background to several selfies. Agostino Iacurci, a 29-year-old artist from Rome, has added a splash of colour with his graffiti on the walls of the busy station.
From a distance, a majestic tiger and a cow, painted on the wall of the station’s escalator, welcome commuters, while another wall sports a girl with flowing, dark hair.
Iacurci’s work is clean, simple and pleasant. “I like my work to be easy and open for people to see and interpret. I conceptualised the metro work when I reached Delhi. On the road, I spotted these tiny tigers in ceramic for sale and that’s when I decided to do the tiger on the wall,” says Iacurci, who will spend another two days on the project.
A bunch of students from GD Goenka University have volunteered as well. Iacurci has painted walls and buildings across the world, from Europe, US to Taiwan and China.
The graffiti on the station is a part of the ongoing St+Art Festival in the capital. Twenty five Indian and international artists are participating in the festival’s fourth edition.
For Hanif Kureshi, well-known graffiti artist and founder of the festival, Iacurci’s “dreamlike landscapes and uncomplicated symbols work for a public structure like a metro station”. “We have been working with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for six months now to get permission. Our second big project, ‘WIP: The Street Art Show’ is in Tughlakabad, which is very close to the Govindpuri station and that’s why we chose it — it is a landmark in a way,” says Kureshi.