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George Town Street Art: Photo Essay

"Kids on Bicycle", corner of Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) & Lebuh Armenian

Before I visited George Town, I had heard about the amazing street art in this Malaysian city on the island of Penang, and I was not disappointed when I arrived.

Most of the George Town street art stems from two occurrences. Firstly, after being inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2008, the state government held an international competition aimed at “marking” the city. The winning entry was from Sculptureatwork with their design concept of “voices from the city”. 52 iron rod sculptures were installed around the city, highlighting the history of the streets in humorous form.

Secondly, during the George Town Festival in 2012, the Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic was commissioned to paint some murals. Combining both painting and installation, these have since become immensely popular. (The easiest way to spot most of them is by looking for the crowds of people queuing to take photographs.) Since then, other artists have continued to paint new street art murals.

The “Marking George Town” map is very handy, listing most of the George Town street art plus all of the iron rod sculptures. Most hotels plus the tourist information centres give out the map for free. But there’s also some other artworks that have since popped up, so keep your eyes open when walking about! These are some of my favourites…

"Minion at Work", alleyway off Gat Lebuh Chulia

Minion artwork, alleyway off Gat Lebuh Chulia

"Cow & Fish", corner of Lebuh Melayu & Lorong Ikan

“Cow & Fish”, corner of Lebuh Melayu & Lorong Ikan

"Kids on Bicycle", corner of Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) & Lebuh Armenian

“Kids on Bicycle”, corner of Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) & Lebuh Armenian

"Stealing a Bike", Gat Lebuh Armenian

Another bike artwork, Gat Lebuh Armenian

"Wil House Road", Lebuh Leith

“Wil House Road”, Lebuh Leith

"Jimmy Choo", corner of Lebuh Leith & Lebuh Muntri

“Jimmy Choo”, corner of Lebuh Leith & Lebuh Muntri

"No Animal Discrimination Please", alleyway off Lorong Soo Hong

“No Animal Discrimination Please”, alleyway off Lorong Soo Hong

Another Minions artwork, alleyway off Lebuh Ah Quee

Another Minion artwork, alleyway off Lebuh Ah Quee

"Bruce Lee", alleyway off Lebuh Ah Quee

“Bruce Lee”, alleyway off Lebuh Ah Quee

"Child Mural at Pranging Canal", corner of Jalan Magazine & Jalan C. Y. Choy

“Child Mural at Prangin Canal”, corner of Jalan Magazine & Jalan C. Y. Choy

Side street off Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street)

Side street off Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street)

Wall of a bridal dress shop, corner of Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) & Lebuh Acheh

Wall of a bridal dress shop, corner of Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) & Lebuh Acheh

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