“SORRY FOR YOUR WALL” — Street Art in Chennai

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish…

but that is only if it’s done properly.”

As explained by anonymous England based street artist Banksy, graffiti is beautiful in its raw form. If one goes on a street walk in Chennai, they are likely to find sketches on the roadside walls.

Let’s take a tour through some of them.

“Say No to Plastics” graffiti at Kotturpuram Bus Stop.

Plastics are a major concern with the growing population. This graffiti, showing fish consuming plastic, reads: “DON’T BOTTLE UP THE OCEANS, SAY NO TO PLASTICS.” Being a coastal city with an abundant consumption of fish, the threat that plastics pose to marine life is an apt depiction in this artwork.

Chennai Coastal Cleanup graffiti ahead of Kotturpuram Bus Stop.

The Chennai coastal cleanup graffiti on the road adjacent to the Kotturpuram bus stop shows the ocean crying.

“Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” graffiti ahead of Kotturpuram Bus Stop.

On the same road, one will find another graffiti with a message to reduce, reuse and recycle. With a smiley, another text reads, “KUPPAI can be burnt or KUPPAI can be reduced.” Kuppai meaning “trash.”

Graffiti on the wall in front of Nageswararao Park in Mylapore.
Graffiti on the wall in front of Nageswararao Park in Mylapore.

Strolling in Nageswararao park in Mylapore, it is impossible to be oblivious to this wall opposite the park, filled with playful cartoons and bright colors.

Graffiti by Gallery Veda on the Cathedral Road.
Graffiti by Gallery Veda on the Cathedral Road.
Graffiti by Gallery Veda on the Cathedral Road.

This graffiti found on the Cathedral Road leading to Stella Maris College is supported by ‘gallery VEDā’ and developed by the Department of Fine Arts.

Graffiti on Whites Road in Royapettah.
Graffiti on Whites Road in Royapettah.
Graffiti on Whites Road in Royapettah.

Whites Road in Royapettah draws one’s attention to social taboos.

In the end, SORRY FOR YOUR WALL.