Guerilla Feature > Urfun Lab Surat
Guerilla or unsanctioned art invades reality as we see it and interacts with us, the wider audience, in a context that we can relate to and often understand. The subject could be anything commonplace – a street corner we have often walked past, a lamp-post we rarely looked at, storm water pipes that never caught our eye. The act of using the public domain as a gallery, of revisiting everyday spaces and objects and giving them a new meaning could stem from myriad motivations; to make a political statement and challenge the establishment, to be democratic about who gets to view art, to express oneself or sometimes to simply make things better.
Urfun Lab Surat is a clutch of young professionals – Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban designers, Graphic Designers, Event Managers – who have come together to find, create and share their own expression of the urban space around them. By using colourful cellophane sheets, they transformed a mass of storm water pipes into a poetic installation that reflects playful patterns on the otherwise nondescript tar road.
Urfun Labs: “Storm water pipes are common sight throughout the city and are eyesores till they get buried. We found this particular situation where evening sun filters through them to cast patterns on road. All we did is cover them with colored cellophane paper and it turned into a vivid public-art installation instead of
ungainly infrastructure stacks on the roadside.”
Urfun Labs: “It was a symbolic gesture on how to respond to our immediate environment. This spontaneous act was carried out by handful of Urfun-lab volunteers on a lazy Sunday morning in the city of Surat where urban art is still an unimaginable phenomenon.”
Urfun Labs: “We are used to looking at cities in bird’s eye view, whereby a lot of small details are overlooked or lost. Inverting this approach we looked at a very specific situation of a city through Worm’s eye view, trying a small-scale gesture that enriches the environment. This might not be affecting the whole city but as an idea it can proliferate to do so.”
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