Penang’s Thriving Street Art Scene

Penang is a place brimming not only with excellent food but with a flourishing and lively art scene. This current interest in the art scene can be attributed to artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals, which shot the city to fame in 2012. Nowadays, even more walls are covered with artwork done by local, as well as international artists.

Aside from the murals, there are also steel-rod sculptures. Currently there are 51 of these sculptures scattered all throughout the landscape of Georgetown. These artwork are an initiative of artist Tang Mun Kian who commissioned the theme, “Voices of the People”. They retell the history of Penang through various characters with their own brand of wit and humor.

These pieces of art, like many, were not named officially are now known according to their subject matter. I would recommend renting a bike if you want to see all there street art as they are far apart from each other.

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