Decode: Adventure

Decode: Adventure: Penang – Art

Decode AdventureSince Penang’s Georgetown was given its UNESCO World Heritage Site title, people have been flocking to the island for various reasons. For the Tiger and myself, we were looking forward to two main attractions – Street Art and Steel Rods.

Scattered through the Core and Buffer Zones of Georgetown, the Tiger and I took a walk during our 2nd and 3rd days there to check out these works – and how many we can manage to find.

Kids on a Swing @ Step By Step Lane
Kids on a Swing @ Step By Step Lane

Most of the artworks we managed to find centered Armenian Street and Chulia Street, where most of the action (Food, Cafes, Art, People) seems to be happening. I would say it was not a coincidence that the Georgetown Festival Office was located around that area as well.

Despite their beauty, the Tiger and I did feel quite sad that some of the murals had faded or had to be knocked out of the walls due to age or city pollution. Regardless, some of these pieces are definitely worth the trek.

The murals were done by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic, who also has an art book on the various murals on sale in the many gift shops around the Core Zone. Some of the other murals were done for the 101 Lost Kittens Project, and most of their murals are located around Armenian Street.

"Boy on a Bike" @ Ah Quee Street
“Boy on a Bike” @ Ah Quee Street
"The Real Bruce Lee will Never Do This"
“The Real Bruce Lee will Never Do This”
"Reaching Up" @ Cannon Street
“Reaching Up” @ Cannon Street
"Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat"
“Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat”
"Skippy, the Giant Cat"
“Skippy, the Giant Cat”
"I Can Help Catch Rats"
“I Can Help Catch Rats”
In memory of "Broken Heart" @ Love Lane. The original was removed.
In memory of “Broken Heart” @ Love Lane. The original was removed.
And the famous "Little Children on a Bicycle" @ Armenian Street
And the famous “Little Children on a Bicycle” @ Armenian Street

Apart from the murals, Georgetown is also known for these many steel rod sculptures, set and put up by Sculpture at Work. These sculptures tell the everyday stories and historical tales of the different areas of Penang, featuring art by Baba Chuah, Lefty, Reggie Lee, and Tang Mun Kian.

"Jimmy Choo" @ Leith Street, by Baba Chuah
“Jimmy Choo” @ Leith Street, by Baba Chuah
"Kandar" @ Ah Quee Street, by Tang Mun Kian
“Kandar” @ Ah Quee Street, by Tang Mun Kian
"Property" @ Victoria Street, by Lefty
“Property” @ Victoria Street, by Lefty
"Ting Ting Thong" @ Seck Chuan Lane, by Baba Chuah
“Ting Ting Thong” @ Seck Chuan Lane, by Baba Chuah
"Cheating Husband" @ Love Lane, by Tang Mun Kian
“Cheating Husband” @ Love Lane, by Tang Mun Kian
"One Leg Kicks All" @ Muntri Street, by Tang Mun Kian
“One Leg Kicks All” @ Muntri Street, by Tang Mun Kian
"Cannon Hole" @ Cannon Street, by Tang Mun Kian
“Cannon Hole” @ Cannon Street, by Tang Mun Kian
"Procession" @ Armenian Street, by Tang Mun Kian
“Procession” @ Armenian Street, by Tang Mun Kian
"Budget Hotels" @ Chulia Street, by Reggie Lee
“Budget Hotels” @ Chulia Street, by Reggie Lee
The Tiger ordering "Tok Tok Mee" @ China Street, by Tang Mun Kian
The Tiger ordering “Tok Tok Mee” @ China Street, by Tang Mun Kian
"Bullock Cart Wheel" @ Pitt Street, by Reggie Lee
“Bullock Cart Wheel” @ Pitt Street, by Reggie Lee
"Street Fighters" @ Church Street, by Reggie Lee
“Street Fighters” @ Church Street, by Reggie Lee

The sculptures outnumbered the murals, so we only managed to get a few here and there. (I was looking for the spy / espionage sculpture but it was too far out from where we were L.) Nonetheless, each sculpture brought a sliver of history and memory back to the street corners and turns around the Core and Buffer Area.

However, given the structure of the roads in Georgetown, do be careful when you are trying to take photographs of these sculptures. Oncoming traffic will be an issue at certain times of the day.

And that’s all I have for you with regards to Penang Art! From what we saw, the scene is definitely growing and it seems that there is a good amount of support for the local artists, so do watch out for future developments in Georgetown and the Georgetown Festival. To find out more about the festival, click here. It runs until 31 August 2014.

P/S – If you would like to follow through with our Penang trip, just search for the tag “penang adventure 2014”.

Yes, poor dear. LOL.
Yes, poor dear. LOL.

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