Arts College roped in for airport makeover


Sculptures, colourful murals and artwork highlighting the rich culture of Uttar Pradesh will soon be seen at Chowdhary Charan Singh International airport.

Airport authorities have written to the College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow University, to send names and profiles of artists from the college for designing and installation of artwork at the airport.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) wants to create a sense of place and belonging with the display of artwork that reflects the unique identity and culture of Lucknow and other places. A letter in this regard has been received by the college,” said Principal, Ratan Kumar.

He said students and faculty will be jointly coming up with an artistic impression of where all installations, murals, paintings, sculptures and graphics could be put up at the airport. A team from the college will be visiting the airport to plan and design the new look. If the college gets approval from the authority, it will make sure to change the themes and art installation from time to time so as to offer something new to the passengers. Kumar said the design will be made in accordance with the direction of the airport authorities. The artwork will include paintings, murals, digital and other innovative media and would represent various art forms and culture of the entire state, he said.

The college will conduct research to find out more about the rich history of places in order to fit it in the artistic frames. “This move by the AAI will promote local artists, their artwork and local cultures and traditions,” he said.


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