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Art on 100 Walls: A Look at the Artist’s Work That Is Adding Colour to Your Cities

While work on personal walls have been undertaken by Divya single-handedly, more expansive works had many friends and volunteers join the artist in her cause.

Who wouldn’t love to study in a school whose walls are etched with colours?

Or find dry public spaces interspersed with creative art that will make you snap out of your reverie?

Well, if you stumble upon such works in the streets of Chennai and Bengaluru, chances are that it could be the work of The Happy Wall Project.

The project was started by Divya Ramachandran, a design teacher with the hope of bringing more colour to the garden city in 2015.

The artist with one of her works.

Since then, more than 100 walls in public spaces, schools, cafes, gyms, homes and even railway stations have been splashed with hues and shades by the project up till now.

“It all began a post on Facebook where I’d put the request for painting walls for free. I’d been teaching at Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bengaluru where I met a plethora of creative people that included professors and students. Working with such an amazing group of people prodded me with the idea,” the 29-year-old says.

While work on personal walls have been undertaken by Divya single-handedly, more expansive works had many friends and volunteers join the artist in her cause.

And it’s not just colours. Every artwork done by Divya has a story to tell.

“The idea is for the walls to reflect the essence of a place or a person. One of the personal works that I’d done was for a guitarist whose walls were adorned with musical notes”, she remembers.

But of all the works she had done, Divya has found painting the walls of underprivileged schools most uplifting. “After noticing my work, I was approached by Teach For India foundation and thus began a journey touching the lives of many schoolchildren in Chennai”, she says.

Here’s a look at some of the walls that found colours, thanks to The Happy Wall Project:

The walls of Arignaranna Govt school. Courtesy: Divya.
Courtesy: Divya.
Courtesy: Divya.
Courtesy: Divya.
At Sishya school, Chennai. The work was done in collaboration with a Madhubani artist and the kids of the school. Courtesy: Divya.
Work at Chennai Beach Railway Station. Courtesy: Divya.
Courtesy: Divya.
Courtesy: Divya.

You can check rest of The Happy Wall Project works here.

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.