The Byculla Wall Project: A month-long wall painting campaign

Piramal Art Foundation has commissioned Piramal Art Residency Alumnus Viraag Desai to adorn the wall with glimpses of recognisable structures around the neighbourhood

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The South Mumbai area of Byculla – once a suburb of the island city of Bombay – is characterised by a rich palette of architecture, nature and culture.

The Byculla Wall Project, a month-long wall painting campaign on the façade of Piramal Aranya, is inspired by this fascinating neighbourhood and its history. Conceptualised and executed by the Piramal Art Foundation, and supported by Piramal Realty, the project, began over the summer. 

The Foundation has commissioned Piramal Art Residency Alumnus Viraag Desai to adorn the wall with glimpses of recognisable structures around the neighbourhood in his unique style. Bursts of bright colours and varies hues of blue, green and pink engulf the concrete imagery of the Gloria Church, once the tallest structure in Byculla, and the oldest museum in Mumbai, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad City Museum, a treasure trove for rare and historic archaeological finds, amongst others. 

The wall also represents the Aranya Pavilion nestled amidst nature, with a variety of rare flora nearby at the Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udyan (commonly known as Rani Baugh) – Mumbai’s largest green open public space. With text in both Hindi and Marathi, the wall is permanently open for public viewing, while the project will be on for another week. 


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