Bright Dawn (2019) is Sinta Tantra’s new public mural, created for the Karachi Biennial. Drawing upon the work of the British poet and writer, Rudyard Kipling, Tantra reimagines the complex colonial histories between Great Britain and its empire where ‘the sun never sets’.
Located in the Bin Qasim park, at the site of the Lady Lloyd Pier, Tantra’s 30-metre mural features palm leaf silhouettes, organic lines, and circular motifs reminiscent of the setting sun or moon. “I wanted to create an architectural painting that contrasted with the formal and rectilinear lines of the gardens. Whilst bright pop-tropical colours punctuate the space, mint green and blues symbolise a decorative and opulent Victorian colour palette”
Celebrating both the park’s 100th year anniversary and its recent restoration from illegal development, Tantra’s Bright Dawn represents the act of reclaiming public space for the people and city of Karachi. In a time of political instability and global urgency, Tantra instils a note of optimism—the positive act of forging a new future at daybreak.