Its an imposing mural and which place can be better than India’s Permanent Mission to the UN to display the same! Yesterday a mural depicting an astronaut with a Mahatma Gandhi patch on his shoulder, floating in space painted on the side wall of the Indian Mission to the UN that was inaugurated yesterday. The mural depicts multi-pronged theme of environmentally sustainable green jobs, Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, the International Labour Organisation’s centenary celebration and India leading the global greening effort as documented recently by NASA.
The mural, on the sidewall of the Permanent Mission of India to the UN, was created by French artist, originally from Portugal, Victor Ash to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. The mural is an innovative collaboration with the ILO and non-profit organization ‘Street Art for Mankind’.
Victor Ash primarily works on canvas, lithography, and sometimes installations. He has exhibited regularly in various museums and galleries around the world since the late 1980s. According to Ash one of his inspirations was India’s record in 2017 of planting 66 million trees on a single day. Also, to commemorate the anniversary of Gandhi’ birth, Mahatma’s image was added as a logo on the arm of the astronaut.
The imposing white, black, grey and green mural depicts a gigantic weightless astronaut, floating in space, a green India visible in the astronaut’s helmet visor. Gandhi’s portrait and the number ‘150′ are on the astronaut’s spacesuit’s left arm while a patch with the ILO logo and the numeric ‘100’ is on the right arm.
The mural was one of several sponsored across the city by ILO to commemorate its centenary with a project called Street Art for Mankind that aims to spread the message of decent work for all with sustainable development and social justice.
The mural was inaugurated in the presence of ILO Director-General Guy Ryder as well as top UN diplomats. India’s Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin too was present on the occasion.