Lodhi Art District presents Jungle lockdown, a mural showcasing stark differences between a planet with human interference vs. without it. By Tanvi Jain
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The global lockdown in light of the pandemic was more of an eye-opener for everyone, especially in terms of the drastic changes in the environment that were witnessed as a result of less human interference. From animals relaxing on roads to steep drops in AQI levels, and to the healing of the Ozone layer, all this and more were proof enough to know how much, we, as individuals have impacted the planet and how quickly it will heal if we stop interfering.
Portraying the same in the form of art, the famous Lodhi Art District has composed a mural that shows a stark contrast between a man stuck in a concrete jungle formed as a result of rapid urbanisation vs. a woman enjoying the flourishing flora and fauna in a world of restricted human activity.
The entire artwork titled, ‘Jungle Lockdown’ by @zero_india / Lodhi Art District / DELHI, explains the difference as mentioned in a Facebook post by St+art India, an organisation that works on art projects in public places. It says, “The pandemic has been a stark reminder of our flawed relationship with nature. In the Lodhi Art District, ZERO unfolds this complex theme through this composition where the arch at the centre of the facade is an entry point as well as the divide between the two parts of the narrative. On one side a concrete jungle, where a man is caught in the ever–increasing urbanisation of the city. He is seen wearing a mask of a fox, reminiscent of animals being caged in the confines of zoos, representing the isolation and captivity which humans have felt on a global level during the lockdown. On the other side, a woman is seen flourishing within nature. Monkeys, sparrows, and butterflies, species that were once disappearing from the city are now out to play. With human-activity restricted, nature is rejuvenating, slowly restoring the balance. There is harmony, flowers are blooming, the sky is blue again, and our surroundings are lush. The work portrays the possibilities of ‘The Garden of Eden’, as nature reclaims its lost space and teaches us a lesson in healing. It is a reminder that we have to lose something in order to rebuild better. Perhaps, the man caught in the city hopes for the same kind of future too, portrayed by the plant that he’s seen holding on to.”