Flying fish, flamingo on bicycle, owl on skates brought to Delhi by Indo-German “traveling companions”

Delhi’s bustling art district in Lodhi Colony now has quirky new residents: a flying ‘fish’, an ‘owl’ on roller skates and a ‘flamingo’ on a bicycle.

This colorful and surreal menagerie was imagined by two women – a German graphic novel artist and an Indian architect-illustrator – who joined hands to create a dazzling mural in the heart of the nation’s capital.

The Indo-German collaborative work entitled “Fish Out of Water” lasted two weeks. In addition to representing flora and fauna, it draws its essence from the idea of ​​traveling and discovering a new culture, as well as “traveling in your head” to places that do not exist on a map.

Aashti Miller, architect by day and illustrator by night, said: “The idea of ​​traveling in her mind basically happened during the pandemic when the lockdown and new safety standards basically meant there was no of physical displacement. The work is also inspired by this aspect of life.

Miller, 28, based in Mumbai, and Greta Von Richthofen, 33, who can also be dubbed “traveling companions” for this project given the theme of the work, interacted with a group of selected guests at the Goethe -Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan in Delhi on Wednesday evening after an organized walk through the art district of Lodhi, where virtually every other wall has a mega mural.

Anja Riedeberger, director of information and library services, Goethe-Institut, South Asia, said the mural in Delhi, and another the two artists will work on together in Chennai, are part of a larger project. called “Graphic Travelogues” from the Goethe-Institut.

The project focuses on the representation of travel in comics and graphic novels and brings together artists from around the world to create a digital platform focused on the subject of travel and its evolution during the pandemic.

Miller and Greta in their artistic collaboration for the mural also married the culture and sensibilities of both countries with a surreal imagination.

“The art is called ‘Fish Out of Water’ and there’s actually a fish on the wall, but it has wings and it flies.

“It depicts the experience of traveling from a familiar place to a new culture and the element of surprise and unease that one can feel, but not in a negative way,” Miller told PTI.

Besides, there is an Indian owl on roller skates and a flamingo on a bicycle, and there is also a flying whale. It’s a motley crew, she says.

Greta echoes her point and adds that as it is an Indo-German collaboration, a German bird called Blaumeiser was also depicted in the mural, but the work is an ”amalgamation of our efforts” and a ”shared vision” despite cultural and linguistic differences.

Miller, who earned his master’s degree in architecture from Cornell University in 2017 and works for a US-based firm, said the work was first designed from sketches and then later painted. translated into a mural.

”But, the final work is very different from what was conceived in sketch form, as it continued to evolve. Initially it had a dominant blue tint, but based on feedback and incorporating colors seen in Delhi it took on the current form,’ said Greta, a graduate in visual communication from a university in Kassel, Germany. Germany.

The artwork also depicts parachutes in the air and a pair of hands holding a pencil. Miller said: ”The hands are in Delhi, but the head will come in Chennai”.

”The theme is travel and we literally travel from north to south India, from one culture to another, to make the second mural together at an art festival. Thus, the two murals are physically separate but part of a whole, as one imagines,” she added. The artwork in Delhi was created as part of the Goethe-Institut’s ‘Graphic Travelogues’ project in partnership with St+Art, a Mumbai-based art group, whose previous projects have transformed Lodhi Colony into the center of Delhi into a “Lodhi Art District”.

When asked if existing projects were on their minds while working on ‘Fish Out of Water’, Miller said, “I went to look at the existing murals and it was kind of scary because I’m in the initial phases as an artist. ”But, not knowing what we will be able to accomplish was also an advantage because we did not anticipate our work, and the result was surprising and delicious.” ‘ “We had fun doing this, and we hope people will have a great time looking at this mural,” she said.

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