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Kuching Street Art: Photo Essay

When you think of Borneo, you probably picture an island of rugged wilderness. A land of rainforest and home to the endangered orangutans. And while Kuching, one of the largest cities in Borneo, is definitely Bornean in style, with its laid-back, riverside ambiance, it also offers up some surprises. In particular, it contains a large amount of vibrant street art for such a small city.

Probably the city’s oldest examples of street art are the sculptures of cats on roundabouts. They celebrate the similarity of the city’s name to the Malay word for cat. (Accounts differ, though, on whether the city was actually named after the word.)

But there’s also plenty of murals on the city’s walls. In particular there’s many works along the laneway beneath Lebuh Wayang. Another standout is the trio of vibrant artworks commissioned as part of the #tanahairku Street Art project by Petronas. They were commissioned as part of the 2015 celebrations for Malaysia’s National Day.

So here are some of my favourite Kuching street art works….

Cat Sculptures

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Cat sculptures next to the intersection of Lebuh Java and Jalan Power

The #tanahairku Works

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The first #tanahairku Street Art project work, on the corner of Jalan Main Bazaar and Lebuh Wayang

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The second #tanahairku Street Art project work, on Lebuh Wayang across from the Chinese Temple

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My favourite #tanahairku Street Art project work, on Jalan Carpenter, across from the Drunk Monkey Old Street Bar

 

Along Lebuh Wayang

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Works by Voyder along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Another beautiful cat artwork. This is by Voyder along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Artwork by Twenty_Fifth along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Artwork by Twenty_Fifth along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Another cat artwork along the laneway underneath Lebuh Wayang

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Exterior of a bar on Lebuh Wayang

Elsewhere in Kuching

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3D orang-utan artwork on Jalan Power, opposite the Wet Market

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Keep an eye out for this baby orang-utan nearby!

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At the Wet Market on Jalan Power

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Cool work outside the Feast and Furious Cafe, on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman

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Taking street art to the community, just off Jalan India

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Kuching Street Art

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    galvin
    November 27, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    good job and i like this blog, im from kuching and happy with your work, please let me know if there is anything we can help for tourism in kuching sarawak
    from borneoartifact.com

    • Reply
      Shandos
      November 28, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Thanks Galvin!

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