Mostly defaced and worn-out, the walls of Jammu city are all set to get a face-lift with Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) coming up with an idea of painting these with scenic landscapes and images depicting the cultural heritage of the state.
"The project aimed at promoting public art envisages painting of impressive images depicting the rich folk and culture of the state, particularly Jammu region and sceneries of magnificent scenic tourist spots of the division," sources associated with the project said.
They added that due to paucity of funds, authorities have roped -in sponsors for funding of the project and also invited local artists to paint on the walls owned by state government.
Renowned local artist, K K Gandhi has already started a size 20X10 feet art work to paint mesmerizing natural beauty of Pir Panchal range of Jammu and Kashmir near Health Directorate office on MLA Hostel – Ranbireshwar Temple road stretch.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Gandhi said, "I have worked a lot, and through my paintings I always try to show the cultural heritage and natural beauty of state, but my works remained confined to walls of studios and exhibitions".
"I was thrilled when JMC approached me to be part of the project because wall painting is best medium of communication and through this special campaign I hope people can see how beautiful our land is" said the artist.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Subah Mehta said, "Walls across the city have turned dirty and defaced by pan stains or political graffiti. So we planned to use this public space to depict the splendid colours of our state".
She added, "In the first phase 20 sites have been identified and taken up for painting images involving the local artists."
She added that to overcome the problem of paucity of funds for implementing the project, JMC has approached private sponsors and also asked artists from various fine arts colleges of to take up the brush. "Painters have been encouraged and advised to stick to paintings and avoid writing social messages" she said.
Subah further added that first phase of project will be formally launched anytime after Shivratri Holiday with unveiling of king size painting by K K Gandhi, which is nearing completion.