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Published: November 11th 2018
A painted cat
We start with a really cute cat. This is the first cat photo of many.
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 really good place in Stockholm
we have visited and in Shorditch in London
Ake went on a guided tour to view street art. George Town is yet another place which is great to visit if you enjoy street art.
In George Town they issue maps where they have marked the most popular artworks. But the map doesn't cover every piece there is so it does pay off to wander around with your eyes open and walk through streets that aren't marked as places of interest. Walking around and try to locate the street art is also an excellent way to see the historical city centre of George Town. Because most of the art is found where people who are interested
The city is full of street art.
in the city's history and/or architecture would spend the bulk of their time.
Much of this art has without a doubt been commissioned. We also believe that several pieces have been made by one and the same artist. The reason we think so is that there is one particular, and rather unusual, style which can be found in several places. The style is that the artwork consists of two different parts. One part is a two dimensional painting and the other is one or more three dimensional objects. The two parts fit together and the combination of the two makes the artwork. For instance a two dimensional painting of a boy sitting on a three dimensional motorcycle. Or two painted children leaning out through a window attempting to steal something from a genuine bicycle standing outside.
Another reoccuring theme we detected in the art in George Town was cats. There were surprisingly many paintings of cats. Please don't ask us why because we have no idea. Well, we like cats so we are perfectly OK with them having painted cats all over the town. It could of course be that the people in George
Children on a bicycle
The artwork consists of two different parts. The children are painted but the bicycle is real.
Town really like cats. But we didn't see many cats, other than the painted ones, in town. Though we have to say that we saw an unusual high number of rats there indicating that the number of cats in town actually might be lower than elsewhere. That is a bit ironic, isn't it? They have all those cats painted on the walls but actually have a rat problem.
There is a third kind of art theme which is reoccuring thoughout George Town. They are made from steel and they resemble simple cartoons. 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. But we are only guessing now because again we have no idea.
We enjoyed the art of George Town and we hope you too do so. So let yourself loose and try to find all the cats in the photos.
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