In an attempt to increase awareness regarding the need for keeping urban public spaces and utility centres clean, especially railway stations, the youngsters from a city-based NGO that goes by the name, The Candles embarked on a day long project to repaint prominent walls of the railway station on the weekend.
The project, which was supported by Nippon Paints, garnered steam since Saturday night with more than 40 volunteers giving a fresh and youthful facelift to the local station.
Angelin Prince, a volunteer with the team, who had been on night watch at the station since Saturday tells us, “We were keen on conducting this painting activity in order to tell Chennaiites the need for keeping our public places clean and tidy. We also wanted to inspire more youngsters to come forth and help us paint these walls so that it instils a sense of ownership for such spaces among the youth.” She adds, “We decided to pick up motifs that are popular in Chennai such as the chai kadai, the auto rickshaws, the trucks, the kites and so on.
More than 40 volunteers from the team set upon cleaning up the station around a week back to get things moving. We had the complete support of the station staff in conducting this painting activity.” Prabhu, another volunteer from the team believes urban graffiti is a great way to reclaim public spaces and that it would convert otherwise drab and neglected canvasses, like station walls into living and breathing works of art.”
The team from a popular chain of restaurants decided to provide free catering to the volunteers who toiled for several days together to get this project going. Next up, the team intends to replicate this model of urban art in other stations as well, with the hope that citizens would begin caring more about such spaces that are used, and at times abused on a daily basis.