Pune Speaking Walls

Pune Speaking Walls is a collaboration between the Pune Municipal Corporation, Pune Biennale Foundation, professional artists, art students and school children. This project aims to build a community of aesthetic citizens who are aware of the rich heritage and fascinating stories that this city has to narrate.

The goal of the Speaking Walls project is to enhance the visual character of Pune city with the help of creative interventions in terms of artwork on selected walls in Pune. The Foundation is working towards giving an identity to the city with the help of visual arts, as well as visualizing city as a platform for engagement and artistic expressions of stakeholders. Pune Speaking Walls aims to convert city walls into interactive art galleries open for all.

The citizens could also avail of a multitude of artworks varying in style, content, and technical expertise. Perhaps this project could inspire people to pick up a brush and beautify their own neighborhood/society walls, thus recording the culture of our times.

To make Pune a Smart City, Pune Municipal Corporation, under the leadership of honorable Commissioner is planning several activities to beautify the city. One of our aims is to convert over least 50 kilometers length of wall surfaces in the city into creative works. These walls will be spread over the entire city and their beautification will involve all stakeholders in the city.

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Shinde School, Taljai

Ganesh specializes in city scapes in Oil colors and prefers large canvases. His keen observations on how the city has changed is represented in the art work he is currently doing on the wall of the Shinde School, Taljai Pune. Along with the stark comparison of heritage Pune and contemporary Pune, the wall will highlight few prominent structures e.g. Mandai, University, Lal baug etc.

Name of wall : Shinde School, Taljai

Name of Artist : Ganesh Pokharkar

No. of participants: 10 students and open to the community

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Balbharti Wall, S.B.Road

The wall is a collaboration of Pune Speaking Walls and Balbharti. Balbharti, with its vast experience and constant efforts in betterment of education, served as a platform for Pune Speaking Walls to work with children and create a beautiful artwork which signifies both of the institutions vision.

Name of wall:Balbharti Wall, S.B.Road

Name of Artist/s: Abha Bhagwat

Venue: Balbharti Wall, S.B.Road

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Lighthouse Project (PSW)

Pune Biennale Foundation adds aesthetic value to a public building - Lighthouse, Pune with Nilesh Artist and his team.

More than 16000 sqft, 6 floors high, a humongous effort to convert an old bus depot building into a piece of art! That's what Pune Biennale Foundation does - literally lift and elevate public art.

Venue: PMPML Bus station, Hadapsar

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Aravani Art Project (PSW)

On the 19th – 21st of May, as part of the Pune Speaking Walls project artists from Pune, Bangalore, Mumbai and Chennai along with the Aravani Art Project in collaboration with the Transgender community of Pune painted walls in a public space to raise awareness and create a place for a discourse, to break stereotyping and discrimination.

Venue: Budhwarpeth area

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Yerwada Mural: Song of the City (PSW)

Time is a river; unchallenged, unbroken, ever evolving and ever changing.

You do not step into a same river twice, they say. Civilisations flourish where there have been rivers. There has been a beautiful confluence of two water bodies; Mula and Mutha. And so, the story of our Pune begins.

Do not expect the story that has been popularly portrayed through time. The story is that of a city narrated by itself. It is a collection of the personal, intimate yet unobserved moments that fleet away everyday; lost and never to be found again.

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Armament Colony Wall

Name of wall: Armament Colony Wall

Name of artist/s: Vrishali Vaidya, Ashwini Bhosale and Payal Thak (students of SNDT College)

No. of participants: 22 students

Painted length of wall: 160ft

Height: 5ft

Total area: 800sq ft.

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Prakriti by Sujata Dharap

The mural is called PRAKRITI the duality Sujata sees in nature, it's ever changing ephemeral quality, where change is the only constant and it's consistent constant cycles of seasons that have been expressed in this image. This balance in nature, it's beauty and the power to coexist is intriguing for me and it's that truth that she tries to seek. 

The wall was created under the Guidance of Artist Sujata Dharap with 10 of her art students, along with 12 of Bharati School students between the age group 13-15.

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Jedhe College Wall

As a contribution to the Pune Speaking Walls project IGA Open Studio worked with a target group of children from the Ekalavya Nyasa Trust, Pune. The IGA team partnered with these young artists through a workshop and onsite activity which finally has resulted in a collage of images of young creative minds.

Phase 1 of the workshop was initiated at the Eklavya Nyasa premises with a one day workshop and demonstration with the children to create forms of their imagination and a vision of the Pune city. This built a background to the exciting activity of painting your own city wall and making positive statement.

Phase 2 was an onsite activity with the IGA team and children of Eklavya Nyasa. The children were guided by trained artists from the IGA team to paint on the venue wall to create images of the imagination that the children had already created during workshop. The activity was repeated and then the composition was connected to create a city of dreams of the children of Eklavya Nyasa.

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