Continuing their collaboration, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art and the Noida Authority offer a unique public art initiative featuring nature-themed murals on the New Kalindi Kunj Bridge and Rajnigandha Chowk. Building on the objective of transforming cityscapes through public art installations, the KNMA-Noida Authority partnership has now expanded its footprint to include these iconic public spaces. Commuters crossing the New Kalandi Kunj Bridge and Rajnigandha Chowk can now enjoy and be rejuvenated by murals featuring nature and birds.
The theme is inspired by the fact that the bridge has the famous Okhla Bird Sanctuary on one side and crosses over the river Yamuna. The Bird Sanctuary has over 300 bird species. The mural is divided into two sections: one side features the sight of dancing birds and the sound of music emanating from a huge gramophone; the other sections displays serene tableaux of the animal kingdom done in traditional Gond art.
Alok Tandon, Noida Authority Chairperson said “The idea behind this public art project is to acquaint citizens of Noida with the rich heritage of Indian art. With all of our public art projects, many in association with KNMA we hope to expose commuters to art in many forms and beautify our city as well. Noida authority is always looking for various ways to improve the city and enhance our infrastructure and facilities”
Expanding on the initiative, Mrs Kiran Nadar, Founder and Chairperson, Kiran Nadar Museum of Art said, “In this stressful urban living, art can be a soothing influence and a source of inspiration. There isn’t an organic culture in India of visiting museums or art galleries, and most people are often intimidated by modern and contemporary art. KNMA works towards breaking down such barriers so that art is more inclusive and accessible. This exciting collaboration with Noida Authority came together because we are always working towards engaging our audiences in innovative new ways. This is a way for people to interact and experience art every day, and we hope it will foster greater understanding and appreciation, and a new way to engage with India’s rich artistic heritage.”
The mural artwork features humming birds, hornbills, parrots, wild hens, and peacocks done in bright colors. The mural will delight passengers as their vehicles pass over the bridge and also metro commuters. The artwork theme also compliments the vertical garden on a section of the bridge.