In a first-of-its-kind initiative, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has come up with a plan of beautifying the walls and compounds currently plastered by illegal advertisements and posters.
In what is being proposed as the ‘Street Art Project’, all public buildings and compound walls facing the road will be decorated by artistic paintings with social messages made by budding artists.
The ward offices have identified 4 lakh sq feet of walls and compounds in and around government buildings, offices, schools, municipal hospitals, bus stand etc.
“Many walls of the city are occupied by films posters and advertisements and are affecting the overall look of the city. Hence, we came up with the solution of ‘Street Art Project’. In this project, PMC will provide colours to artists chosen to display their art on the walls. Many European cities are famous for this kind of showcase. They showcase their art on all walls, footpaths and bus stops as well. We experimented with this project during Commonwealth Games and beautified a Nagar Road patch with paintings of places like Shaniwar Wada and Aga Khan Palace,” said Rajendra Jagtap, Additional Municipal Commissioner.
PMC is implementing this project with the co-operation of Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Architecture College.
“We have been working on this project for last one-and-half-year. We have kicked-off the pilot project through the medium of ‘Mohor — The Biennale’ festival in which artists painted compound walls of Snake Park, Nehru Stadium and Chaturshringi temple. ‘Street Art Project’ will be the extension of Biennale. With the help of 13 ward offices, we have identified walls and the mapping work is complete. It will also act as a platform for budding artists,” said Ashwini Pethe, convener of the project. “There is no stringent action against those who stick posters illegally on public buildings and walls. But if anyone does the same with the painted walls, then we will be able to take strict action by charging them under defacement of public property act,” Jagtap said.
PMC is chalking out the cost of the project and manpower with Bharati Vidyapeeth and all details are expected to be finalised in this week. The selection procedure of the artists hasn’t been finalised yet.