Resuming our images taken from day to day life which is nothing short of art – either in themselves, because they could be beautiful, or because they capture life itself in all its colour and diversity – we have for you some very recognisable pictures December in Calcutta.
We invite all our readers and followers to send in pictures taken by themselves, in any sort of camera, in this section called “Art In Everyday Life”, because life is art and art is life. We shall publish the best pictures in this section every week and acknowledge the contributor.
Here are our images. Please respond with some images of your own.


Bricks are basic building materials and we are used to seeing them all around us. Mostly, they are covered with plaster and paint and we are not aware of the labour and art that bricks can tell us about. We have all seen the texture of bricks, particularly after a wall has aged. Artistic brickwork is valued all over the world and it takes special artisans to create such work. These pictures tell you stories that many of you may not have been familiar with.



All of you would have walked through older parts of cities and towns and seen foliage taking root in crumbling walls and masonry, and in the most improbable of places. Though this is very harmful for the building, it evokes feelings of decadence and nostalgia, and also reminds us that once these structures were proud and new and well looked after. Today’s decrepitude brings with it a sadness, a sadness that fills is when we stare that these once loved buildings, but passes by as we walk past them.



look at street markets

For this section, Art in Everyday Life, we shall look at street markets. These are institutions we go to almost unthinkingly, and visits there are part of our everyday lives. But what we see there is a panoply of life, alongside the goods for sale, the livestock and fish, the heaped grains, the banter of friendly and familiar shopkeepers and stall holders. Whether it is covered municipal market or a roadside stall, these businesses are a sight that takes the breath away.


veggie market


In this section we have talked about how we encounter art in everyday life, in every city and town across the world. Today we shall pick up one such town which bears perhaps the strongest imprint of its pet architect which is the defining aspect of the town, and of its life in the streets. This city has been much voted as one of the best places to live in and is one of the real fun spots of the world. It has a strong sports culture, fielding a superior world class football team which boasts of a stable of players that are among the best in the world. We are talking of – Barcelona! And its defining architect is Gaudi, Antoni Gaudi – Spain’s most famous figure in architecture.


Barcelona, the largest city of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and has a population of nearly 5 million, making it the 6th most populous urban area in the European Union. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. Barcelona is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities. But most people know Barcelona as a fun city in the sun. And this city has been fashioned by Gaudi – whose works are not only seen in the buildings but also in the details that make up the metropolis.
Antoni Gaudí i Cornet ( 1852 – 10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect from Reus and the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works reflect an individualized and distinctive style. Most are located in Barcelona, including his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família.

Gaudí’s work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion.Gaudí considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. He also introduced new techniques in the treatment of materials, such as trencadís which used waste ceramic pieces.
Under the influence of neo-Gothic art and Oriental techniques, Gaudí became part of the Modernista movement which was reaching its peak in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His work transcended mainstream Modernisme, culminating in an organic style inspired by natural forms. Gaudí rarely drew detailed plans of his works, instead preferring to create them as three-dimensional scale models and moulding the details as he conceived them.
Gaudí’s work enjoys global popularity and continuing admiration and study by architects. His masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família, is the most-visited monument in Spain. Between 1984 and 2005, seven of his works were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Gaudí’s Roman Catholic faith intensified during his life and religious images appear in many of his works. This earned him the nickname “God’s Architect” and led to calls for his beatification.
These pics are an example of what Barcelonans live with everyday. It is, truly, art in everyday life!

Reptil_Parc_Guell_BarcelonaSalamander at Park Guell

nativity_facadeNativity Facade

La-Pedrera-600x407La Pedrera

Guell-DragonGuell Dragon made of iron

gaudi-house-park-guellGaudi House – Park Guell

Gaudi-FacadeGaudi Facade

Gaudi interiorDramatic Gaudi ceiling

Gaudi architectureCeiling of a Gaudi Church

Descubre-gaudi-unico-en-zaragozaGaudi’s Unico-en-zaragoza

gdfgdrCasa Batllo

antoni-gaudi-spain-barcelona-colonia-guell-03-samuel-ludwigA Gaudi interior

Sagrada_Familia_02Sagrada Familia

antoni-gaudi-spain-barcelona-Parc-Guell-05-samuel-ludwigThe Park Guell


Art occurs in the day to day life around us, whether we see it or not. It is not just the rainbow or majestic cloud formations in the skies. It is also the street life, roadside stalls, the uniqueness of people and their faces and expressions, the paintwork on the trucks, the crisscross of overhead wires of different kinds, and snaking tramlines. It may also just as well be the cavernous tunnels of the underground railway, the splatter of rain on asphalt and in marketplaces that seem to be everywhere on Indian streets, where all sorts of colourful wares vie for attention.





face on Indian street

Colourful bangles for sale

Busy Indian flower market

Street in old quarter of city


Walking through Indian streets we are assailed by colour and smells and street life in all its moods. This is living art. And the different religions of India also give rise to a certain kind of art found only in the subcontinent. We are so familiar with them that we, often, do not see them as art – but art they are, and very much part of the texture of Indian life. We all know what they are, what they are called in different parts of the country. They characterise our built environment and are part of us – whether we are believers or not, or to what persuasion we belong to.

road art

Religious street art at the Kalighat temple in Calcutta (Kolkata) in West Bengal in India.

Q1 poster 1 street art

pune street art kasba peth kelly australian street artist

street art religious

Art in Life Around Us


We walk past art every day, but how many of us are aware that we are? In famous cities across the world people walk past celebrated architectural styles enshrined in historic buildings. Alleyways and subways are covered with graffiti. Then there are museums.
More than all that, the panoply of life – in cities, towns and villages – is living art framed in moments of time. People wear art, speak art, live art – if only we had the eyes to see.