Different Colourful Designs
Described as “a beautification exercise”, the Bangalore Beautification Project is a City-sponsored effort to prevent posters and advertisements from being pasted on public walls. In 2010, several painters were employed in the painting of a number of prescribed images that were meant to sanctify these walls. Familiar symbols of myths, heroes and nature were envisaged to envelop the city – cursory tales of national identity and pride. One question that seems to plague a city full of walls is "what to paint?”, another is "how?" There are several gaps between instruction and execution in this beautification exercise. The resultant images carry these gaps as much as they aspire to carry a unified message. Fantastical images, fearful images, duplicitous images, and incomplete images all stand together in trying to keep the walls clean. But paint is thin. How long can its aura last?
This film aims to inspect, isolate and blow-up these images, along with the city that etches over them in every way. Footage was created over 3 years and looks at the position, composition, and decomposition of these images. It was completed at a time when the City voiced intent to repaint the walls in a spirit that has now come to be valorized as Swachh Bharat.