G.V Scheme School Mural

For our yearly project, our search for a plain wall, surprisingly ended at a neighbourhood school in the early days of April 2019. The school we chose was G.V Scheme BMC School. The total area of the wall was around 400 square feet.

We spent a lot of time developing the concept for the wall after judging the area. We wanted the mural to be aesthetically pleasing, relatable and informative for the students studying there. Our inclination toward the natural environment, led us to choosing around 8 species from the city's forest - Sanjay Gandhi National Park, for their depiction on the wall.

The criteria for selection of these species were - variation in form, lesser known species, vibrant colours - to make the mural attractive. We added basic scientific information of these animals next to their illustrations along with their Marathi names (the school's medium of instruction is Marathi). We painted these flora and fauna - Bamboo Pit Viper Snake, Red Silk Cotton Flower, Crimson Backed Sunbird, Hanuman Langur, Asian Paradise Flycatcher Bird, Painted Stork, Karvi Flower and Small Indian Civet.

A 'community-painting weekend' was announced on our Facebook and Instagram pages to help us with the wall. We were overwhelmed by the responses. There were people from all age-groups and backgrounds. We also had constant encouragement and support of the school principal, Mr. Sable and his staff. Passer-bys who stopped and stared with smiles on our faces were the much-needed pat on our backs through the entire period.

The last part of the mural turned out to be the toughest, writing the information using white paint on the rough wall surface. Vaijayanti Ajinkya and Nitya George from the AMVDS Team did a great job at this. The wall reached completion in the last week of May. The project took us around 14 days to complete, write from conceptualization to execution, using help from our volunteers.

Award: Olive Crown Awards - Silver - Out of Home - (IAA, India Chapter) (2020)

AMVDS Team: Ashvini Menon, Vaijayanti Ajinkya and Nitya George

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