Wall art from Kolkata although a very old at form is slowing dying out. Take a look of some of the wall art in the form of lettering that have survived.
‘RAMESH BHAVAN’ is one of the surviving wall art. It is a signage of a house, nearly a century old in Kolkata (photo in previous page). During that time a numbering system for houses did not exist. Most house owners used this type of signage developed on stone surface, for identification of their house. The glyph of typography is taken from religious forms. It is very sharp and a low contrast typeface.
GOPAL KHETRA’ is another house in Kolkata in which the display typography is cast in cement following the curved path of the curvature of door.
LATE SRI JAHAR LAL BHAVAN
The two different types of signage shown ‘LATE SRI JAHAR LAL BHAVAN’ and ‘SOURENDRA BHAVAN’ are for private houses with details of addresses of the house etched out in the stone. One address reads [52 A, Baburam Ghosh Lane, Kolkata – 5] and the other [22/A, Gokul Baral Street].
SRI SRI DURGA BHAVAN, RAM GOPAL PRATISTHITA
This is panel reads - ‘SRI SRI DURGA BHAVAN, RAM GOPAL PRATISTHITA’. Here ‘Sri Sri Durga Bhavan’ is the name of the house while ‘Ram Gopal Pratisthita’ means ‘Ram Gopal established the house.’ It is made from metal flats from which the glyphs are cut and formed. They are long lasting.