with a transgender artist collective to inaugurate ‘Lions of COVID’, Bengaluru’s largest mural tribute
4,000 sq. ft. wall mural recently designed on Swami Vivekananda metro station walls was inaugurated
Volunteers from the Aravani Art Project, Bengaluru undertook the painting project in various phases to honour services rendered by frontline workers
Bengaluru, October 16th 2020: Nippon Paint India (Decorative Division), Asia Pacific’s leading paint manufacturer, and 95 Mirchi Bengaluru, along with members of the Aravani Art Project, today inaugurated Lions of COVID, Bengaluru’s largest mural tribute to frontline workers, on the Swami Vivekananda metro station walls.
This initiative, conceptualized and driven by 95 Mirchi, was supported by Nippon Paint to pay tribute to the efforts of frontline workers and healthcare professionals who are risking their lives during the pandemic. The project which is Bengaluru’s largest such mural tribute, began in September and saw the participation of transgender artists from the Aravani Art Project. Over 4,000 sq. ft of wall area has now been renovated and beautified with wall murals, graffiti designs, and patterns celebrating the spirit of frontline workers and healthcare professionals amidst Covid-19.
The inauguration event included guests like Mr. Kamal Pant- Police Commissioner, Bengaluru, Mr. N Manjunath Prasad- Commissioner, BBMP, Mr. PC Mohan- Member of Parliament, Bengaluru Central, Mr. Ajay Seth- MD, Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) and Ms. Samyuktha Hornal, Sandalwood Actor and Environmental Activist
Approximately 120 litres of environmental-friendly paints, primers and painting tools were supplied by Nippon Paint to give a safe and fresh new look to select areas of the station.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr. S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India commented “Nippon Paint salutes the service of frontline workers and health professionals during the current pandemic, who are risking their personal safety to keep us all safe. This is our effort to offer them our encouragement and recognition for their services in such dire times. We are all the more delighted to join hands with members of the transgender community from The Aravani Art Project to work with us on this initiative. It is heartening to see the community showcase their artistic capabilities and bring this vision to life. We hope that this initiative starts conversations and allows the community members to express themselves artistically, something that they have long been deprived of”.