The Niranjana School is located in Bihar, in east India. It was founded by donations from Japanese students and regularly maintains a connection between Japan. In an initiative sponsored by the Wall Art Project, a Japanese non-profit aimed at bringing artists into school in India, they invited Yusuke Asai, a 33-year old artist who paints with basically anything he can get his hands on. This includes, but is not limited to, tape, pens, leaves, dust and mud.
“Earth Painting; The Forest of Vows.” 7 kinds of soils, cow dung, water, straw. Photo by Junai Nakagawa
In order to raise awareness for the school, and to bring art into the classroom, which is literally a 17-hour train ride from New Delhi, Asai traveled to the school to create one of his signature paintings. Using 7 different types of local mud, cow dung, dirt and dust Asai created an immersive mural that covered the all walls of the classroom with a universe of people, animals and vegetation. Unfortunately the installation wasn’t permanent and was washed away after several months, but we do have these photos to document the art.
Here are some other works by Asai that were painted on walls: