[Travel] Penang, Exploring the street art of George Town

As I mention in the previous post, the George Town in Penang is also well known for the mural art and the expanding art space galleries around the city, aside from its long line of Peranakan and Malay heritage and street food.

Let’s break down the big ones first shall we?

Ernest Zacharevic and Mirrors of Georgetown 

Ernest Zacharevic street art murals and art installation for the Mirrors of Georgetown in 2012. Check out his gallery here and behind the scene or watch his Youtube interview here.

Too bad not all of his work preserved until today. “Children in a Boat” Mural at Chew Jetty is no more. We missed some of his murals as well, like the “Little Girl in Blue” mural at Muntri Street or “Mr. Ng Chai Tiam” at Armenian Street Art cafe.

1. Children on a Bicycle by Ernest Zacharevic
1. Children on a Bicycle by Ernest Zacharevic from Mirrors of Georgetown mural collection at 2, Lebuh Armenian

Note: This mural is the most of his mural art, expected long line of people waiting to take photo on this mural. I’m lucky to take a quick shot when the people before this are walking away.

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2. Reaching Up or Boy on a Chair by Ernest Zacharevic from Mirrors of Georgetown mural collection at 14, Lebuh Cannon
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3. Boy on a Bike by Ernest Zacharevic from Mirrors of Georgetown mural collection at 12, Lebuh Ah Quee.

Note: Surprisingly, these two are not as traffic-photo heavy as the others. We have some longer time to take a few angles shot ourselves.

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4. Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur by Ernest Zacharevic from Mirrors of Georgetown mural collection at 12, Lebuh Ah Quee.
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5. The Awaiting Trishaw Paddler by Ernest Zacharevic from Mirrors of Georgetown mural collection at -50, 26, Penang Road

Note: Largest and quite far from the other murals. Worth it just to see the SIZE of it.

101 Lost Kittens

There are at least 12 murals for these kitten murals created for the George Town Festival in 2013 and raised awareness of the abandon and stray animals/cats.  The “101 Lost Kittens” is a project by Natthapon Muangkliang fromThailand with Louise Low and Ang Yeok Khang from Malaysia, teamed up Artists for Stray Animals (ASA). We didn’t get them all and just take whatever we found. You can check on the project here. Here’s the map for all you cat lovers who want to indulge your love.

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Source: 101 Lost Kittens Facebook

 

 

The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This  from 101 Lost Kittens at the back alley of Ah Quee Street and Beach Street. Credit photo by IG@mtrphn.
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Skippy Comes to Penang by Artists for Stray Animals (ASA) from 101 Lost Kittens at Gat Lebuh Armenian.
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Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat by Artists for Stray Animals (ASA) from 101 Lost Kittens at 28, Gat Lebuh Armenian.
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Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat by Artists for Stray Animals (ASA) from 101 Lost Kittens at Gat Lebuh Armenian.

Marking George Town

The on going project by Sculpture at Work  since 2009 can be seen from their gallery here. The creative director, Tang Mun Kian, spin the creative idea in a large open scale of a city by depicting the everyday Penang life with personality and characters in their caricatures.

Today, there are at least more or less 52 steel rod 3D art all over the town with other artists contributed to the scenes.  The stories of course are often hilarious and so ‘Penang’. To check out most of them, you can check out from Visit Penang map brochure.

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Procession Sculpture, depicting the birthday of Tua Pek Kong Grand Float Procession in 1926 in Tiger form by Tang Mun Kian at Core Zone Heritage, Armenian Street.
Then & Now by Tang Mun Kian at Core Zone Heritage, Armenian Street. Credit photo by IG@mtrphn.
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Too Narrow by Tang Mun Kian at Core Zone Heritage, Soo Hong Lane.
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Tok Tok Mee by Tang Mun Kian at Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling / Lebuh China
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Beca (trishaw) by Tang Mun Kian at Lorong Chulia. (Don’t mind my sister and brother in law being goofy :P).

Bellow is from Reggie Lee. You can check his gallery of street art and cartoons.

Ah Quee? by Reggie Lee at Lebuh Ah Quee. Credit photo by IG@mtrphn.

Another artist for Penang steel art that I capture is Julian “Lefty” Kam. You can check his gallery of street art here, here and here.

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Storyteller by Julian “Lefty” Kam at Lebuh Culia.
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Narrowest Five Foot Way by Julian “Lefty” Kam at Lorong Stewart.

Other findings

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I Want Bao! by Mr WK Setor at next to Ming Xiang Tai pastry shop (the corner of No.26, Lebuh Victoria and Gat Lebuh Armenian). More about the story here.
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Ah Mah & Ah Soon by Simon Tan at Chew Jetty.
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Mandarin Monkey by Thomas Powell, inside at the back of China House. Address 153, Lebuh Pantai. Read more about him here.
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Lion Dance Breaking Out of Wall by unknown at a shop in the corner of Lorong Soo Hong and 78, Armenian Street.
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The Three Girls depicting Malaysian, Indian and Chinese girls by unknown at Lorong Soo Hong.
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Trishaw Vendor by unknown at Canon Street.
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Let’s Push by unknown at Canon Street.
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Girl with Incense Sticks by unknown at Canon Street.
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Cat Hanging from Tyre by unknown at Canon Street.
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I Owl Standing by Unknown at Canon Street.
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Girl Making Pancake by Unknown at Canon Street.
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Brother and Sister on a Swing by Louis Gan at Step by Step Lane (alley way off Chulia Street).
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SBS Paper Products company on the opposite wall, invite the people to leave their signature in this back door when visiting theBrother and Sister on a Swing mural.
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Children Playing Basketball by Louis Gan at the back of Kwong Wah Yit Poh warehouse at Chulia Street.
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Me… trying to reach the sky. Hah.
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Minion Master Sifu by unknown at Step by Step Lane.
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Susu Soya Asli & Segar in colloboration by St. Xavier’s Institution, Homesoy and Vilmedia at Chulia Street.
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The Indian Boatman by Julia Volchkova at 75 Stewart Lane. You can read more about her here.
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Boy Eating a bowl of Chendul by Emmanuel Jarus at Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul, Keng Kwee Street

Ps: the famous ice cold a bowl of chendul here is fabulously delicious!! (And a small plate of Kwee tiau). Really perk up and fill up your stamina from all the walking.

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The white tiger Mural by unknown at Stewart Lane.

 

Lastly, this unknown 3D and 2D art by unknown artist at Lebuh Ah Quee.

Penang Travel: 

Source: Penang Traveltrip, Visit Penang, Penang Trails

 

17 Comments Add yours

  1. Teesh Osita says:

    Wow, this is like more than the usual street art I usually see from this place!

    1. hahahaha yes. it starts in 2009 and there are more art scene here since then.

  2. kutukamus says:

    Nice street art.. Especially enjoy those first three murals by Zacharevic >-I

  3. mycoolview says:

    I love the street art in Georgetown and you have captured it all so beautifully.

  4. aniajames says:

    I loved Penang, and we spent there a week – two weeks in George town but still i haven’t seen some of the murals you have posted ;)

    1. Thank you. Hope you enjoy Penang and can go there again. :)

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