Exploring George Town’s Street Art, Penang Malaysia

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I love art, especially modern art, and especially when I can see it for free. Street art is thus the ultimate art experience to me, and I love when town councils are smart enough to understand its value instead of discard it as ‘graffiti’ and paint some bad pastel color paint on top of it.

George Town understood this at best, embracing street art and this city’s history making the former speaking about the latter, or about any unique characteristics of this UNESCO town site.
So one day me and Alle set off to discover all of that the city’s walls had to offer us, and here are a few of my favorites!
Cheating Husband
The local Chinese say the rich men who lived on Muntri Street kept their mistresses here, hence the name ‘Ai Cheng Hang’ or Love Lane.
One Leg Kicks All
The ‘black and white’ Amahs were Cantonese domestic servants from Guangdong who did all kinds of household chores and would refer to themselves with wry humour as “Yat Keok Tet” (one leg kicks all).
Jimmy Choo
This is the first place where the famous shoe designer, Jimmy Choo, started his apprenticeship.
Too Narrow
The Hand-pulled rickshaw was the most popular form of transportation in early Penang.
In the 1800’s, shops and godowns on Victoria Street were built at the Seafront.
Rock Candy
Seck chuan lane was a distribution centre for market produce. Many itinerant hawkers took advantage of the crouds by plying the foods here. One of the favourite foods sold is Ting Ting Thong or rock candy, a hardened mixture of sugar, ses seeds, and nuts loved by kids. It had to be “hammered” to break it into smaller biteable pieces.
Mr Yeoh?
Yeoh Kongsi was established in 1836 to look after the welfare of the newly arrived Yeoh clansmen.
The metal sculpures pictured above are meant to creatively portray the voices of the past, describing the “prevailing colloquial demeanor of the early settlement days that gave memorable moniker to the streets and landmarks that are George Town icons today“.
The projects includes a total of 52 sculptures that serve as a humurous connecting point between the city’s history and its landmarks, with its people’s daily lives nowadays.
Isn’t it an original way of describing a town’s most unique facades? I just loved walking through history in such a modern way.
Just as much I also loved Ernest Zacharevic’s hand painted murals:
Old Motorcycle
Old Man
Boy on Chair
Kungfu Girl
Whats there?!
They were interactive, engaging and thought-provoking, thanks to the Lithuanian artist’s imagination as well as the unique setting in which the murals become alive.
To view the full brochure on Street Art in George Town, click here. To view Penang Tourism Official Website, here.
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7 Responses

  1. toemailer
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    We would love to post a few of the pictures of people interacting with the murals if you do not mind? http://toemail.wordpress.com

  2. toemailer
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    Did you receive our email, Carol?

    • carolinarin
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      Nope I didnt! From which email address did you send it to me?

  3. toemailer
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    I believe it was the one you gave above.

    • carolinarin
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      No I meant yours, so I can look for it… otherwise try to send it again, maybe it ended up in another folder and not the inbox one! 🙂

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