The compound wall of the AMM Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Kotturpuram was as bad as any other compound wall in the city, till a few months ago. The wall was filled with political posters, making it an eyesore.
Some time last year, three 10th grade students – Ritvik Roy, Siddharth Kumar and Sai Muthuraman thought their school compound wall urgently needed a facelift. In the words of Ritvik, he and his friends were fed up with political posters all over and they wanted to replace it with something meaningful.
Thus an idea took shape in the mind of Ritvik to paint the wall, and to do so on a broad environmental theme that would give out a strong message to the passers-by.
The school Principal and his art teacher supported the idea. Thus, the three boys did their first wall painting depicting the environmental impact of deforestation.
Impressed with the outcome, the authorities and students got together to help this small idea of drawing on the walls evolve into something bigger and beautiful. In the months that followed, the school supported many other interested students in painting on the walls, and soon, the entire compound wall became a canvas for art loving students.
Today, if you pass by the school, you will see over 10 art works on this stretch, each one better than the other. They are on different themes – environment, cleanliness, spirituality, dance, sports etc, but each carrying a strong message.
Here are some photos from the visual treat that the compound wall of AMM Matriculation Higher Secondary School has become.