What’s wiser (aka, stupid in hindsight) than wandering around Graffiti-hunting on a hot summer afternoon? I’ll tell you, it’s spending four – not two, not three, FOUR! – afternoons in this manner. All this to track down street art in Delhi, something which can be found in plenty if you pay attention to your surroundings. So, as mentioned above, I, with my trusty smartphone in hand, set about documenting the graffiti scene in Delhi. Now, I mainly hit four hotspots of our capital in my search, these being Connaught Place, Hauz Khas Village, Khan Market and Shahpur Jat.
Spotted near L Block of Connaught Place, this building is a sight for sore eyes. Depicting sea life in a humorous manner, it’s a wonderful addition to the iconic landscape of Connaught Place.
Here’s a close-up of the same! To cover an entire wall must be a tremendous task, that too with such wonderful art.
This gem was found in Khan Market, partially hidden behind a couple of bushes and a cycle, out of all things! As a lover of all things old school, I loved this.
Hauz Khas Village aka HKV is known as a chic village, situated in the heart of Delhi, home to numerous culinary establishments and the historic Hauz Khas Fort. It’s lanes and by-lanes contain loads of graffiti, so much so, that even doors aren’t spared!
This particular art was spotted in the parking lot of HKV, and as one can tell, this one just can’t be ignored or overlooked.
This wall art finds it’s home in Shahpur Jat, which is an up and coming hangout spot in South Delhi. Like, HKV, this one too was spotted in one of the many lanes of Shahpur Jat, among residential houses.
Having located this on the wall right next to the door of a house in Shahpur Jat, I had to hurry to click a picture for fear of being caught and then accused of loitering around! I’m slightly neurotic that way.
Another gem found in Shahpur Jat, this one is a little bit damaged as one can tell from the man missing beneath the cap!
This picture is not exactly graffiti but it was too beautiful for me to pass up on! It’s the door to a boutique in HKV, and actually one of many more.
This, simple yet complicated art was found near the lake in HKV, while my friend and I were looking for a path to the lake outside of the fort. Just to be clear, we did find one!
Connaught Place is surprisingly enough, a treasure trove for graffiti. This wonderful depiction of the sky was found while returning from Starbucks, and if you know the extent of my caffeine addiction , you’d k now how happy I was already before spotting this!
Right besides the above shown graffiti, this is painted. It took me a few minutes to emerge from marveling at the way the artist converted a simple door into a cage with birds escaping from it. Note – Birds belong in the sky, not in cages! PS. This picture was taken by Riya of OhRiyally, as on the day I spotted it, there was a group of workmen camping in front of it.
Here’s a close-up of the birds flying from the cage, just to show how intricate the art really is!
This giant of a graffiti was also spotted in Connaught Place, near the cages one and it’s one of my absolute favourites! This one was also taken by Riya, for pretty much the same reason as before.
I have accumulated a couple more pictures which I’ll post in a separate post, sometime next week. As an admirer of street art, I’m always looking for it wherever I go, whoever I’m with.