Street art is for sure one of the big highlights in George Town, and stroll through different streets hunting for art, can be actually pretty fun. George Town is located in the North East of Penang, and along with Melaka is since 2008 a UNESCO World Heritage site.
George Town displays huge murals that adorne sides of buildings, interactive art installations that allows visitors to insert themselves into the scenes, and wrought iron structures, that tells the history of various streets, quality of life and historical facts about the city in a amusing way. Basically the street art in Penang is an art lover’s dream! The street art makes the city more interesting and impossible to forget.
There are almost a dozen of murals done by the amazing Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic (facebook.com/Ernestzachas), that was commissioned to do a series of public paintings in central George Town for the 2012 George Town Festival. Unfortunately some pieces are already fading and soon they might disappear.
All of this add to the city’s architecture, traditional crafts and food, are more than enough reasons to visit and fall in love by Penang. Most of the art is focused in the Old George town Streets. If you’re serious about catching them all here’s a map of where to find the murals and caricatures.
Bare in mind that walking around trying to find the street art in Georgetown is an amazing free activity. But renting a bike is also an option.
I will leave here some pictures of what I found around the city… Let me know if you have been to Penang and which is your favourite piece..
photography – all rights reserved – Ana Rocha