09 Apr

As I strolled down Napier Road in Fort Kochi, hesitant to leave the cool and peaceful atmosphere of the Loving Earth Cafe behind, I stumbled upon a "monument," a living memory of an untold story. 

The building beckoned me closer with a whisper, leaving me struck speechless. Had people abandoned this house, or had it simply outlasted its inhabitants? As I drew nearer, the stunning double-storey structure spoke to me, revealing a wordless tale of resilience and strength. It steadfastly refused to crumble, despite being abandoned and left to the elements. Someone out there must have had enough empathy to dress these walls up to create this sensitive "masterpiece." The painted drawings sensitively use the weathered marks and stains of beaten concrete, adding to the building's character and history.This exquisite dust palace boasts incredible wall designs, with rows of pots on an empty balcony, as if someone had to leave in a rush? 

This easily is among the most captivating abandoned houses I have ever seen. I wish I knew who the artist was.The murals weave a narrative, with sensuous women floating around, delicate decorative designs on the roof frame, and simple flower patterns that draw your eyes to the rows and rows of empty plots with lifeless, withered plant stems. But what struck me most was how the painted scenes and the faded walls of the building blended seamlessly into each other, as if the art had been there all along and was simply waiting to be discovered. All of this is located on Napier Road in Fort Kochi. It's remarkable that I only visited the "Loving Earth Cafe." 

Leonardo da Vinci famously said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." This abandoned house is a testament to the enduring power of art, even in the most unexpected places. It reminds us that beauty and creativity can exist in unlikely spaces and that the stories they tell can be as vivid and meaningful as those told by more conventional works of art.

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