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Walls & buildings of Delhi could soon become a canvas for `urban art' like Paris
Delhi could soon rival cities like Paris and Florence by turning its walls and buildings into a canvas for showcasing `urban art'. The Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC), an expert body falling under the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), is busy preparing an `Art Master Plan' for the national capital.

Soon, an Art Committee will start curating artists and artworks for specific areas. This new art shall be installed at select public places like buildings, traffic intersections, markets and parks.

PSN Rao, the body's chairman told Mail Today, "Currently, we do have a Delhi Master Plan (2021). However, it does not talk about art. This gives rise to the need for a specific `Art Master Plan' which would look at the aesthetics as a medium of beautification and relieving stress among the urban dweller."

He also added, "India is gifted with artists and art forms. Unfortunately, to be able to display his art in Delhi, an artist has to book space at expensive galleries. If his work is too large, he may not be allowed there. When the city has so much open space and facades to play with, why not hand them over to our artists to run over with their creativity?"

Rao also points out that many cities across the world like San Diego (California) and Kingston (Canada), already have `Art Master Plans'.

DUAC officials working on the project have said that they would suggest setting up of a `Public Art Committee', which could consist of a DUAC member working with eminent artists and heads of various art colleges. This Committee would decide upon the artists, genres and the locations of the art works to be displayed in various parts of the city.

An official said, "Graffiti, murals, sculptures, folk arts...We could explore so much," also adding, "As concerns spaces and model of development, we could consider creating more `art districts' in Delhi like Lodhi Colony."

The facades of many bungalows and bare walls between Khanna Market and Meherchand Market in Lodhi Colony have been transformed into vibrant urban art works, with unmatched graffiti art by a non-profit organization called St+Art India Foundation.

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