Delhi Metro is not only the lifeline of the city with lakhs of commuters but also has become a canvas for artists to display their educational designs on the walls of the metro.
Delhi Metro uses many of its stations for promoting art and culture of India as well as designs and graffitis that are educational. The metro also has interesting art installations at the Mandi House, Janpath, ITO, Udyog Bhawan, and INA stations along with wall art.
Whether it is abstract or promotional art, colourful ceramic tiles or cultural references, the network of the metro has covered it all since its inception in 2002 and continues to expand with new and creative ideas.
The artwork at Sarita Vihar metro station on the violet line focuses on the different streams of sciences as per DMRC’s twitter page. “Microscope, scalpel, test-tubes, beakers, chemicals, telescope, atoms, equations, set-squares; all showing the value of biology, chemistry, physics & mathematics.”
The artwork at Metro’s violet line Badarpur station is dedicated to the hardworking farmers of the country. The art showcases farmers at work in fields, transporting their yield, grazing the cattle and contributing to the building of the society by educating their kids.
Similarly, the artwork at Mohan Estate metro station also on the same line promotes fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The painted murals portray different forms of sports, dance, different yoga poses and meditation.
At the Jaffrabad metro station on the pink line, the theme of the artwork is flora and fauna as well as some spiritual murals.
“Such projects have also contributed towards the beautification of the city in general. We have also tried to portray the heritage and history of the areas around the stations. For example, the stations passing through old Delhi has artworks related to that area,” a DMRC spokesperson told a news agency.