George Town, Penang, Malaysia – March 23, 2015
I love street art and knew the streets of George Town, on the Island of Penang, were filled with art. So before we left the island we decided to spend a few days in George Town seeing the sights.
We ventured out, without a map, to see the street art in the late afternoon, hoping the crowds would have dispersed and that it would be cooler out. We were right on both, but we didn’t expect it to get so dark, so fast and as a result, we missed our chance to see many works of art and had to hurry through the ones we did find.
Ernest Zachawevic works not only encourage people to explore the city by foot, but brings color to the city streets. His works are so popular that at times it is difficult to get a photo without someone being in the picture. Here are a few of our favorite works by Ernest Zachawevic:
Throughout George Town are 52 iron art structures. They were commissioned by the Penang Tourism Board and provide a pictorial anecdote about the history of the street on which they are located. Seeing these ones was a fun way to learn about Penang’s heritage. I loved these works. The ones we saw were quite funny and did provide a bit of history about the building or street. Strolling and viewing art was an interesting and fun way to experience and learn about George Town. I just wish we could have seen more.
101 Lost Kittens has 12 cat related artworks. These works were to bring awareness to stray animals in the city. These were definitely Aurora’s favorites.
Although some of the original works have been destroyed by people and weather, many new works are popping up.
Loved walking up and down the streets of George Town looking for the Art; it reminded me of being on a scavenger hunt. Really wish we had more time to find them all. If you are ever in Penang, make sure to spend some time in George Town finding all the street art, and bring a map to make it easier.