Where to find Street Art in Bangalore

Roshni posted on 02 November

For those who love surprises lurking around the corner {or along the way}, Bangalore may just be the right place. You never know what you might run into while finding your way through its maze of mains and crosses. With a bunch of incredible artists to add life to the many corners, empty spaces and boring {or, even those bustling} lanes, the city has some great examples of street art. We picked out some of our favourite art-spots from the lot.

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Yelahanka

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Koramangala

Malleswaram

Artists: German artists teamed up with those in the city

This part of town has some really creative street art to boast of, thanks to the Urban Avant-Garde project held in 2012 in cooperation with Malleswaram Accessibility Project, Jaaga and Goethe Institut. While some of the artworks portray the quirks of the city and its people, there are a few which make you stop and think {we love the one that says ‘Ignorance is Blindness of the Soul’}. Some of the popular ones can be spotted at the Railway Station, 6th Cross and 7th Cross areas.

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Malleshwaram, Bengaluru

    Koramangala

    Artist: Shilo Shiv Suleman

    Anyone who has been along the 1st A Cross Road near Jyoti Nivas College will know these wall-illustrations are too good to miss. With their catchy colours and witty thoughts {like the one by Shilo on gender-related issues}, the artworks make sure that you take a minute to admire them before continuing along the buzzing lane.

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    Koramangala, Bengaluru

      St. Mark’s Road

      Artists: Ullas Hydoor and Arjun Srinivas

      Painted on the side-wall of Hard Rock Café for the purpose of a music video, this image depicts freedom from hierarchy and has become almost an iconic part of the area.

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      St Marks Rd, Srinivas Nagar, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

        Ulsoor

        Artists: Students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

        What happens when you give blank walls to art students? Take a walk around the RBANMS Ground and you can see the answer for yourself. With several images, ranging from a mural map to ones that speak about the locality’s issues, the wall around the ground almost seems to come alive with colours and thoughts.

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        Ulsoor, Bengaluru

          Indiranagar

          Artist: Amitabh Kumar, Arzu Mistry, Srishti students and the public

          On the wall facing the Goethe Institut on CMH Road is a beautiful mural co-conceived by Fairtrade India and Arzu Mistry, an artist and teacher at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology. On one side artist Amitabh Kumar has drawn a series of hands as part of a stand-alone mural, while the right side facing the main road is a crowd sourced initiative with laymen and Srishti students  joining in to co-create the mural symbolising the hand {of a farmer} that sows, reaps and grows food for us and is hence intrinsically connected to us.

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          Indiranagar, Bengaluru

            MG Road

            Artists: Unknown

            Being one of the most happening areas in the city, it’s probably not surprising that MG Road has some of the most impressive graffiti in the city. We particularly love the vivid typography-heavy graffiti found at different spots in the area.

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            Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru

              Yelahanka

              Artists: Students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

              Yelahanka got its share of artsy illustrations when the students of Srishti set out using the blank walls in the area as their canvas. From scenic shop entrances to an entire Yelahanka map on a building wall, this place definitely looks like it got a dose of art attack.

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              Yelahanka, Bengaluru

                Double Road Flyover

                Artists: Several

                Initiated by Jaaga {a city-based creative organisation} as part of their Yellow UFO {Under FlyOver} Project and in collaboration with BBMP, the area under the KH Double Road Flyover was given a complete artistic transformation. Next time you are in the neighbourhood, look out for this amazing artwork, featuring silhouettes and colourful designs of objects and people, all done on bright yellow backgrounds.

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                Shanti Nagar, Bengaluru

                  RT Nagar

                  Artist: Baadal Nanjundaswamy

                  Known for his activism through street art, Baadal Nanjundaswamy has created quite a few ‘pothole protests’ in this area. His imaginative works include turning a 12-feet long pothole into a crocodile pond with a life-sized {but, thankfully fake} reptile in it, painting a cobweb around an open drain and portraying a pothole as the open mouth of Yama {the Hindu God of Death}, among others.

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                  RT Nagar, Bengaluru

                    Yeshwantpur

                    Artists: Mohavi Mohandas, Students of Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology and the local community

                    Triggered by the underdeveloped area near the service road by the Yeshwantpur Metro Station, Mohavi Mohandas {artist and alumnus of Srishti} and a group of students from the design institute took up the task of intervening through art. Facilitated by Amitabh Kumar and supported by the local community, they went about painting on the stalls of the street vendors in the area. While the place may not be completely spruced up yet, the sight of these colourful, welcoming stalls is definitely a visual treat.

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                    Yeshwanthpur, Bengaluru

                      Kalyan Nagar

                      Artist: Stinkfish

                      Stinkfish, a popular Colombian artist, is known for his travels around the world, leaving behind a trail of amazing artworks in every city he visits. His technique involves using images from photographs to create vibrant murals with psychedelic themes and elements. And, yes, he has left his mark on Bangalore as well. Some of the paintings from his time here can be spotted at Kalyan Nagar.

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                      Kalyan Nagar, Bengaluru

                        Church Street

                        Artist: Marko 93

                        Marko 93, a French graffiti artist and light painter, was in town as part of his India tour. Fascinated by big walls in public spaces, he loves knowing that people continue to live with and connect to his art even after he has gone from the place. Inspired by light, he loves using reflective paint/stickers. His artwork, which can be spotted at Church Street {near the Numa Bengaluru building}, mostly revolves around animals, from cats and dogs to tigers, depicting the “urban jungle” we inhabit.

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                        Church Street, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Bengaluru