The Peenya scrapyard, the place where the metro station was built, is now abandoned. Humans and objects have migrated from this construction site to the operational metro station. As in every migration, residues have been left over. Using the metro station as a site for an intervention, and the scrapyard as a source of inspiration, Fabrice Grolaire’s project focused on developing characters with these scrapyard residues. Using sketches, drawings, photographs and paintings, this project aimed to animate the inanimate residues of the scrapyard, and offer them a metaphoric migration with a final painted mural on the metro station’s external walls.
A graphic artist with a bold and distinctive style, Fabrice Grolaire was formally trained as a product designer, first in France, and then in Bangalore at Srishti, indulging in graffiti and street art as only a hobby. Fabrice used Art in Transit as a space to seriously explore forms of graphic art in public spaces, finding Bangalore a far more conducive environment for public art than his hometown in France. Taking to walls with ease, Fabrice conceptualises and executes murals by drawing inspiration from elements within the context of his site, creating graphic compositions that he then executes with his preferred medium of spray paint. Whether in his sketches, drawings or murals, Fabrice’s style is strongly inspired by the aesthetic of graffiti art, comprising of bold lines, forms and colours, representing his themes in a striking yet playful manner.
His process involved closely studying and sketching the elements in the scrapyard and then composing them into whimsical creatures. He did this alongside making sketches of his site – the entire Western wall of the station – and understanding where his creatures could be positioned in relation to the architecture of the site as well as in relation to one another. The final piece was created on site over a month and a half and executed with spray paints.