This 300ft mural in Coimbatore celebrates women and community spirit

May15,2024


Murals in Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore

Mural paintings in Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore Photo Courtesy: M Periyasamy

Vibrant murals, featuring flowing sarees, majestic elephants and a historical tour of the city, bring joy to the public areas. The 300-feet mural on the wall of the Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies campus on Alagesan Road in Saibaba Colony is a symbol of woman power, with a woman's saree spanning the entire wall and combining 24 images. It is a project undertaken by Bharathi Park Ladies Association (BPLA) in collaboration with Nippon Paints, Institute of Indian Interior Designers-Coimbatore Chapter (IIID) and Department of Architecture and Design, Karpagam University.

“The mural is a heartfelt dedication to the women living in the area, whose tireless efforts contribute to maintaining its greenery and cleanliness,” explains Shivani, a third-year architecture student, who led a group of 20 fellow department volunteers. did. After working for six days under the scorching heat, I am happy to see the city buzzing with art. This is the first time we are seeing our paper drawings transformed into something beautiful for everyone to enjoy,” says Shivani, smiling.

The mural depicts a journey through time and space. It begins with a regal scene in the courtyard of a palace, where a woman, wrapped in a sari, sits gracefully, each courtyard full of history. From there, the saree spreads across picturesque landscapes – rivers, flower fields, and humble villages and temples – where blessings are offered by majestic elephants. Transitioning seamlessly, the mural captures the pulse of modern life, from the excitement of cricket stadiums to the bustling streets bustling with cars, flights and trains. Yet, amidst urban sprawl, it poignantly reminds us of the price of progress as factories spew thick smoke into the sky, a stark contrast to the natural beauty of the past.

BPLA President Neetu Rahul Parashar said such places enhance the dynamism of the urban environment. “We have seen a community spirit, especially in Saibaba Colony. Residents and children passing by the mural are eager to understand its significance and often join in to add their own touch to the artwork. This is not just an artist's interpretation; This is a community-driven initiative.”

Part of the mural painting in Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore

A section of graffiti in Saibaba Colony, Coimbatore. Photo Courtesy: M Periyasamy

The mural, located in front of a children's park, attracts visitors, especially children, who are attracted by its colors, she says. “The location of the graffiti is near a children's park, around which a lot of garbage was thrown. Now, this is a chance to teach people about keeping things clean and taking care of the community.”

“Each design is based on the theme of ‘Yards’,” explains Kshrini Ashish Raichura, Chairperson, IIID Coimbatore Centre. “To commemorate the golden jubilee of IIID, we presented seven of our inscape Design Magazine. The first folio was unveiled in Chennai, and now the second instalment, 'The Yards We Scale', has been unveiled in Coimbatore.'

“Our aim is to nurture budding artists among students and give them a chance to shine in a public project. With this construction, the students involved are now receiving requests for more projects across the city,” says Kshrini.

The urban landscape has seen the rise of powerful catalysts for change, with street art and graffiti transforming ordinary walls into living canvases.

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