As the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017 is all set to begin today, a group of 24 artists have painted the compound wall of the Athletic Stadium at Bambolim, one of the training grounds for the FIFA U-17 World Cup. NT KURIOCITY finds out more
RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT KURIOCITY
If you happen to pass by the Athletic Stadium at Bambolim, one of the training grounds for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2017, the beautiful and creative art that adorns the stadium’s compound wall will definitely grab your attention. The graffiti art drawn across the wall that shows a group of football athletes in various poses has been drawn by 24 students from Goa College of Fine Arts who are in the second, third and fourth year of college specialising in different subjects.
The painting of the approximately 210-metre wall took the artists about two weeks to complete. Arun Lamani, a fourth year student specialising in computer graphics says: “This graffiti art is a small contribution to FIFA Under-17 World Cup by the students of our college.”
Describing their artwork on the wall, he adds: “The wall does not feature any particular players. We have just painted some characters playing football in a graphic style with words like ‘win’, ‘goal’, and ‘champion’.”
For this art project, the Sports Authority of Goa on recommendation of the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar proposed that the college paint the Stadium’s wall. Principal, Goa College of Fine Arts, Panaji Mahesh Vengurlekar says: “We were told that Chief Minister wished to give this project to our college students and this was very encouraging.”
Mahesh was really happy to see the students take up this project with great enthusiasm and complete it despite all odds. He says: “Our students put in lots of hard work. Despite heavy rain and exhausting heat they still continued working and completed it in time. It was a group activity and each and every student did their work with responsibility. These students do a lot of other activities in the college but this was an additional experience students got which will add to their portfolio and help them in the future.” As far as selection was concerned, the students were selected randomly upon gauging their interest level in being part of this project.
Another student, Thomas Fernandes who is pursuing illustrations was part of the team that made the graffiti. He says: “It was an amazing opportunity for students. “It was my first experience of painting a wall of 200-plus metres long. One important thing we learnt was how to coordinate with each other especially when working in a team.”
Though a group of students were part of the project, it would not be possible without the guidance of their faculty member, Sameer Govekar who teaches the subject of illustration. Thomas says that it was Govekar who motivated them to do this wonderful job.