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India’s First Drive-Thru Art Gallery: Bhopal Art Wall

In the drive to make Bhopal the best city under the Swachh Bharat Mission Swachhata Survey-2017, the city now has it’s own Art Wall which is claimed to be the first drive-thru art gallery in India. It extends from Banganga to Polytechnic square. Renowned artists, tribal folk painters, top 10 participants for My City My Wall and chosen freelance artists have created these paintings on the wall which make the drive through this road, a beautiful experience.The paintings depict art forms, our society, our values and some of them even hold important social messages.

Below are some of the paintings I could capture while travelling on the road, over a few days.

Art Wall at Bhopal (C) Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma

All pics – Art Wall at Bhopal (C) Samarpita Mukherjee Sharma



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  1. Wow, such a diverse range of artwork! I’m impressed, both by the art itself and your capturing of so much of it whilst you were driving through! How long is the gallery, exactly? Looks pretty long…

  2. I had no idea Bhopal had so much wall art going on. It’s pretty impressive, and I’m so glad you’ve chronicled it for all the world to see!

  3. I think I’d park the car and walk by the art so I could get a better look at it and see all the details. There are some really interesting pieces. What a great thing for the community to support.

  4. Great Initiative by the Indian government and I respect that. Some of the arts are beautiful. They make the city look so much colorful. I liked that black and white one. Its beautiful.

  5. This is really nice and adds so much vibrancy to the streets! A few other cities in India also have this but not as a dedicated wall of art. Btw I love capturing street art as well 🙂

  6. it is such a brilliant idea to give artists a space where they can show their work to the world, in the open space. It’s great that the area had been transformed into a “drive through” art gallery and that you can just go and admire the street art whenever you want.

  7. These are such beautiful initiatives! I wish more and more cities and towns get this kind of a reformation. Let’s paint with art instead of littering!


  8. I am an artist and an art lover. I didn’t know about this beautiful art gallery. It’s wonderful that you can drive through and appreciate the art. I wish more and more walls were converted into these kind of art galleries

  9. I never knew that Bhopal had something so amazing. The wall arts are spectacular. Each painting tells a different story. Such is the artistic creativity of our country, the colour and culture comes across so vibrantly.

  10. These murals are lovely – definitely worth a look. There’s so much variety! I love the mandala style ones and the ones of families playing. Really brightens up the street!

  11. We are very fascinated by street arts and this sounds like one of the amazing street arts with so much diversity. I was wondering how do they manage the speed limit of the vehicles for the drive thru as everyone would want to slow down and check the art? We are yet to make to Bhopal and we had to this would definitely be on the list.

  12. Terrific artistry on display. I know that Indian cities are adopting this new trend of painting the walls and buildings, drawing inspiration from other global cities. However, these ones are different because they are drawing from traditional Indian art compared to the postmodern, westernized stuff I see everywhere else.

  13. I was in Bhopal few months ago and I did notice such wall art on the streets of Bhopal. I lived the cleanliness on the roads of Bhopal too.

  14. Shane Prather says:

    So neat! I love finding outdoor art around the world. Would love to feature you in my Gaga for graffiti series 🙂

  15. This is the first time that I’ve heard of a drive-thru art gallery. However, I would rather see the artworks up close and personal than being behind a wheel. I can closely examine and appreciate the art more than gazing from a distance. Let me assure you that I appreciate the efforts of the people behind this project. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Indrani says:

    Amazing art work. So colorful and vibrant. The city does look a lot clean. Incredible captures from a moving vehicle.

  17. What a unique concept! I absolutely love street art so this is totally up my alley. Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. Some interesting art work on display. Love the vibrancy. Doesn’t look like that the pictures are taken from a moving vehicle. Never been to Bhopal though but it is nice to see the city is so clean

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