The Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, has completed yet another set of mural paintings on the campus walls. Taking plant ecology and biodiversity as the theme, 25 panels across the span of the campus walls celebrate the world of plants ranging from lush forests, fertile farmlands, and verdant cityscapes.
The designs took shape with a team of faculty and students working on the compositions. The team included undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Department. The murals have been conceptualised in a folk style, taking as reference Gond art, and explore diverse themes that reiterate the need for sustainable and green practices.
Dr. Sumithra Dawson, Head, Department of Fine Arts, Stella Maris College, stated, “The narrative commences with the symbolic tree of life and forests that turn into marshlands and fields. Plants as sources of medicine and food are abstracted into decorative compositions. Plant nutrients, aquaponics, terrace and vertical gardens, echo global concerns to maximise the benefit of plants for a healthy planet. The green campus of the College features prominently in one of the panels. Chennai is referenced with imagery evoking the Pallikaranai marsh, the vertical gardens on its flyovers and the great banyan tree.”