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In your city: Mumbai

Fresh art on the streets of Mumbai

The Hindi word game at Century Bazaar. Photo: Sanket Avlani
The Hindi word game at Century Bazaar. Photo: Sanket Avlani

The scaffolding of a building under construction in Mumbai’s Century Bazaar area provides the grid for a Hindi word search game for commuters waiting at bus stops. The tetrapods on Marine Drive have love birds perched atop them, mimicking the lovers who grace the south Mumbai sea face every evening. The promenade on the Worli sea face has metallic puddles that are polished to mirror-finish to reflect pockets of the sky. A lenticular poster in Lower Parel, Mumbai’s former mill district, references mill workers.

This week, a fresh crop of public art installations has emerged in the city, created by a batch of students belonging to the Indian School of Design and Innovation, the Mumbai outpost of The New School, Parsons School of Design, New York. Another work will come up over the weekend.

Sanket Avlani, the 29-year-old founder of city-based design studio Good Feeling, taught an elective at the school earlier this year on the subject of “Impact of Public Art", and the results are five installations by design students in their twenties, each with its own unique visual metaphor. “The idea was to add public art to the lives of all the people who travel through these routes, or walk on these promenades. We wanted to create visual metaphors that would communicate to everyone," says Avlani.

Now you know what to do this weekend.

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