Urban Art of Pondicherry

Pondicherry is a small town in South India, which once was a French colony. The French left long time back but left a legacy of quintessential French culture.  Although Pondicherry (or Puducherry for Tamil speaking locals) has lost its French sheen for most part, it is still evident in small block facing Bay of Bengal. This block aptly is the ‘French Quarter’ of town.

While roaming through the French quarter, one can hunt plenty of quirky urban art. It could be graffiti on walls, sometimes on streets as well. Travelers with discerning eye can hunt for urban art in most unusual places.

Urban Art Pondicherry
Urban Art Pondicherry

I shot this photograph of vintage scooter intricately painted by an artist right opposite Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It was a hot afternoon (most afternoons are hot in this part of India). The artist had carefully parked the scooter (old Lamretta) under the shade of a French-styled building. The artist had probably taken a break for lunch. Hence, his artwork is still in progress and not yet finished. Nonetheless, we liked the striking colors of red, yellow and blue on white-painted vehicle.

 

 

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