Painting The Box

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While we spend endless hours making sure that SproutBox Gurgaon is a great place for coworking, collaboration, creation and enjoying your work, we also needed to make sure it looks good from outside. The picture below shows the white building we are in… on a typical day it does not stand out and merges with other buildings… this was something that was bothering us, and we wanted to make sure we had something done that made the building stand out – a few meetings and discussions led us to a thought, why not get some artists to come and paint it..

Indeed – but what do we paint, which artists do we call and well – how do we budget it?

So I decided to make a post on Facebook, asking friends for suggestions, friends who could draw and knew other people who could draw, after a lot of conversations some said volunteers will not work, we will need to hire an artist and build a brief – we were more confused than ever, only till a few came to rescue, they suddenly said – hey we will come and figure it out, some of them were amateur artists, and some of them were celebrated artists who did this for a living, we also got a response from some other friends, who wanted to rope in some people to come and paint.

We bought cans of paint, brushes, pencils and rags.. we also stocked up our refrigerator with Water, Cold Drinks, stocked the kitchen with Eatables, and were on site at 10AM… The Sun was shining and it was going to be a day that would see a high of 42 Degree Celsius… we waited, and then got a call Harshad – A Celebrated Digital Artist and his Friend Sunny were on their Way… They arrived and took a round of what sprout box is.. what it is going to do.. and then came up with a night and day theme.. they were happy that we did not have a theme.. they got painting the exterior walls.

We also got a call from Hamari Jung – A Slum Kids Collective, they wanted to come and paint too, our exterior walls were already up so we offered them inside walls.

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What has happened this Sunday has left our walls colourful, given us a new identity, and helped us contribute to growth of artists, and the lovely girls from the Sikandarpur Slum in Gurgaon who came and painted our walls… Words are not enough to describe this feeling!

So next time you are in Gurgaon, and see this brightly painted building, thank our artists from your side.. and marvel in their work… After all The Box now has a great new look and we love it..Thank You to our Artists

1. Harshad Moray

2. Sunny Kishore

and the lovely team of

3. Humari Jung

SproutBox & Starbucks

We all love Coffee at SproutBox, and Starbucks has this amazing side to it that they have not been talking too much about. Starbucks passes on all their Grounded Coffee Beans after they are used in this brilliant little packaging called Grounds for your Garden. They give these away for free. Now one would wonder why and what do you do with it, well they say Grounded Coffee Beans provide generous amounts of phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and copper and even release nitrogen as they break down – giving your plants energy to grow. I have been using these for a while in my home garden, and I thought maybe we could do indoor plants with it at SproutBox Gurgaon.

Since office spaces tend to become very closed, we want to make sure that our co-workers at sprout box have one of the best places to work and want to bring in plants and greenery inside – after all it is in our name to sprout. After we got our bag, we ordered some bottles, and went down to choose some plants. We had the following criteria, the plants should look pretty, survive indoors, and improve the air quality of the office, and spending time with people who know plants we came to a small selection of plants that we want to use.

 

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choosing the plants

 

 So to plant these we got started with a couple of rocks layered at the bottom, and filled the bottles with that, then we went ahead and added the coffee beans that starbucks gave us, mixed it with activated carbon and soil, and we were ready to plant.

 

Once we had them planted this is what our first batch looked like, we are still choosing which bottle gets which plant, spending some time with our plant experts to see what the office will look like.

If you are wondering what the final result will look like once we go operational, well why don’t you sign up for our open house on the 30th of May 2015, and come check them out yourselves!