Saturday, August 11, 2012

Street Art [Penang]

Penang was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 together with Malacca for its multi-cultural heritage and European colonial influences. Wonder why Singapore is not recognised as such although it was part of the Straits Settlements? Perhaps because much of old Singapore has been redeveloped? Sad but true?

Many of the streets in Penang remind me of Singapore in the eighties and brought back many childhood memories :)

Penang’s weathered buildings are amazing canvases for art. One such artist, Ernest Zacharevic, was given the opportunity to stamp his imprint on the buildings of Penang. We stumbled upon his exhibition at Beach Street 212 warehouse and there were so so many young people flocking to get an autograph from him. He was kinda like a mini-celebrity!

I definitely couldn’t miss out too!

Some of his artworks exhibited

Some of his street art below and their locations. First up, at Lebuh Ah Quee.

Apparently, some unknown local artist painted in a dinosaur, which Ernest later added on a boy taking the Dino on a walk. Interesting!

Lebuh Armenian
The very popular painting of two children on a bicycle

Check out the video below on how it has captured the hearts of many!

Lebuh Cannon

Lebuh Penang

Chew Jetty

To read more on Ernest Zacharevic’s street art, check out this link.

There are also steel-rod sculptures displayed all over Georgetown, but somehow weren’t as popular.

Click here to find out more about them.

I sure hope there would be more street art in Singapore as well! It would make the streets more surprising and unexpected!

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