A virtual tour of my favourite 20!!!
Colours, installations, themes, innovation and design scream STREET ART at Penang’s George Town! The streets are infested with amazing art. The murals transform the bare streets and give life and form to barren walls. Talented artists have brought about a fresh twist to mere paintings by combining them with installations to create realistic images that connect people with art.
It all began as a part of a project “Mirrors” by George Town festival 2012. While some of the murals are very popular and commonly visited by most, I have compiled a photo gallery of the famous + lesser known works of art across the walls of the town.
Let the virtual tour begin…
“101 Lost Kittens” project:
This represents a collection of murals of stray animals, especially cats by the ASA or Artists for Stray Animals to protect stray animals, along Armenian Street.
Metal rod caricatures:
These sculptures made out of rods are formulated by the likes of Tan Mun Kian and Baba Chuah. The caricatures represent the trades and trends of good old Penang.
Of colours, interaction and style:
The UNESCO heritage site has gained popularity over the years owing to the paintings, besides the well-preserved structures/monuments. These life infused displays add spark to the site. Street art primarily adorns Leith Street, Armenian Street, Soo Hong Lane, Muntri Street amongst many others. Venture into each and every lane of China Town and Little India. You will surely bump into an art form or café.
- These murals and installations have collectively face-lifted the city capital of Penang
- Keep an entire day aside to view all the paintings, better yet, two half-days (morning to noon)
- Use a map. However, some maps may differ and have their numbering switched. Use them as a rough guide only.
Meet the artists:
Some of the famous, most popular and note-worthy artists are…
Amazing street art!!! Put on your walking shoes and gear up for a sore-sole journey around a colourful George Town. Trust me, it’s worth the day-long walk and foot ache!!!
This post originally appeared on Lyf&Spice.
Linking it to #MondayEscapes