Eden Gardens gets a full-fledged makeover ahead of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka starting November 16. The walls of the ‘Mecca of Indian cricket’ gets a wall art like any other cricket stadium. What’s fascinating about the wall art is that is has been prepared by over 25 students from Kolkata’s Government College of Art & Craft. The decoration of the project was managed by Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB). The wall art is about four storeys tall on one side.
“Our basic idea was to capture the feeling – the awe and excitement people feel when for the first time they see the historic field,” said Sayan Mukherjee one of the artists responsible for the work, “As children, when we walked in for the first time here in the stands, we felt like it was a magic, a transformation and through this work, we wanted to highlight that.”
The wall is studded by art trying to capture the mood of fans who come to watch the game of cricket. The walls also have the ‘kaali peeli’ taxi which is quite popular mode of transport in the Kolkata city.
Here are a few photos of Eden Gardens’ wall art work in progress-
The Kolkata stadium also has the paintings of cricketers celebrating their success. The entrance of the stadium has photos of legendary cricketers Kapil Dev, Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami and others. The Eden Gardens will also host a two-day warm-up game between India’s Board Presidents XI and Sri Lanka.