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Video: Old Mumbai fishing dock transformed

Sassoon Dock, built in 1875, and one of Mumbai's oldest fishing docks undergoes aesthetic renewal

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Art "forced" upon a fishing dock in Mumbai has turned a rather drab district into an open-air exhibition. And that, too, fairly quickly.

That's what just happened Sassoon Dock, one of the oldest fishermen's village in India's financial and entertainment hub.

From urban blight to a sight to behold. 

It is populated mostly by fishermen, their families and those dealing with the trade.

Now, thanks to the work of about 30 artists from around the world, the district has been given a sort of urban rebirth.

Over the decades, the dock has been known more for its function as a fish trading district than for anything else, let alone even a whiff of world-class aesthetics.

Today, even parts that looked like shantytowns had been transformed into colourful corners.

With the wide variety of street art giving the place a makeover, Sassoon Dock has metamorphosed from a downright uninteresting place into an open-air exhibition space.

 Colours everywhere: Artists from around the world have given the district a lifely makeover.

Besides street art, installations are also part of the package.

One installation art depicts marine life, while another is made up of thousands of used platic containers.

The move is part of the St+art Urban Art Festival.

A woman cleaning fish at Sassoon Dock, in Mumbai, India.

 

 

One mural shows a huge black-and-white depiction of Mahatma Gandhi in between vertical panels of various colours.

A larger-than-life portrait of Mahatma Gandhi adorns one of the buildings in the district.

Arjun Bahal, festival director, said: "Sasson Dock is a very busy place... The whole idea was to bring art to bring art to a sector sect of the community who usually don't interact with art."

The show runs until December 30, 2017, said organisers.

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