Malaysia part I - the art of George Town


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July 19th 2018
Published: November 11th 2018
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We love cats - and so do the artists in George Town apparently George Town is situated on Penang Island in North East of mainland Malaysia. It is an interesting place on its own and we are going to tell you more about that in the next blog entry. Here we are going to focus on just one aspect of George Town - the city is full of street art. We have written about street art before. There is a re... Read Full Entry



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Basketball gameBasketball game
Basketball game

The artwork consists of two different parts. The children are painted but the hoop and the ball are real.
Children on a swingChildren on a swing
Children on a swing

The artwork consists of two different parts. The children are painted but the swing is real. This just might be George Town's most popular swing, and it is one that you can't even use
"Please care about me""Please care about me"
"Please care about me"

With this we are now up to nine photos of cats
Some is real and some isn'tSome is real and some isn't
Some is real and some isn't

The artwork consists of two different parts. The lady and the children are painted but the bench and some parts of the cart are real.
The children try to steal some breadThe children try to steal some bread
The children try to steal some bread

The children are painted but the bicycle and the box in the back is real.
"The real Bruce Lee would never do this""The real Bruce Lee would never do this"
"The real Bruce Lee would never do this"

The name of the painting is something very similar to "The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This". The painting shows Bruce Lee kicking a cat. Now we have a full 10 photos of cats in this blog entry
Another catAnother cat
Another cat

Why wait. We throw in cat number 11 right after number 10. A black somewhat faded one it is.
Reoccuring theme Reoccuring theme
Reoccuring theme

This kind of art is quite common thoughout George Town. They are made from steel and they resemble simple cartoons.
Interesting, but not really street artInteresting, but not really street art
Interesting, but not really street art

We don't see them as being quite a part of the art scene. We think the city has requested them to be put up and they might have relevance to the street or the history of George Town.
Some of them probably have something to saySome of them probably have something to say
Some of them probably have something to say

There might be a joke or an interesting story hidden in these. But we never understood them so we can't really tell
Minion?Minion?
Minion?

Is that a minion? We are too old to know what they really are. We have only heard of them
Ninja girlNinja girl
Ninja girl

We think this painting was called Ninja Girl
Cat number 12Cat number 12
Cat number 12

That is a strange cat, made out of bicycle parts. But still counts as a cat. Making it now a full dozen of photos of cats
Mailman with bicycle and mailboxMailman with bicycle and mailbox
Mailman with bicycle and mailbox

The mailman and the mailbox are are painted but the bicycle is real.



12th November 2018

Creative flair
Love this blog! We got one of those maps and went street art hunting when we were there in 2014... it was heaps of fun. The original 2d / 3d combination ones where commissioned pieces done by Ernest Zacharevic (kids on bicycle, boy on chair, boy on motorbike etc.), and they were so popular that copy cat ones like the kids on a swing and kids leaning out of the bakery window started emerging. Lovely to see that so many of the ones we enjoyed looking at are still hanging on. We loved the cat ones too, but just couldn't get into the metal sculpture ones. Looking forward to your thoughts on George Town :)
12th November 2018

Thanks for your comment
Glad to hear that you enjoyed reading the blog. The cat theme we didn't notice until we came home actually. When we looked through the pictures we realized there were a lot of cats there. /Ake
12th November 2018
Boy reaching for an apple

Entering in
Wonderful collection of street art from Georgetown. Love that some are interactive and others like this one beg for 3D props. Many favourites but this one is definitely reaching up there for me.
12th November 2018
Boy reaching for an apple

It was great fun hunting them all down
It was good fun to walk around and try to find them all. I think my favourite is the two children reaching out through a window trying to steal bread from a bicycle outside. The two children are appararently the shop owners own children. /Ake

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