Street art – Malaysia

“Street art is a form of artwork that is displayed in a community on its surrounding buildings, streets, and other publicly viewed surfaces.” (This is an exact definition by Wikipedia). And I really like it. I always try to spare some time to roam the streets looking for local treasures. I did so in New Zealand and Newcastle in Australia. And  Malaysia was no exception.

In KL I decided to join walking tour – this is the best way to find new places after all. While struggling to find my way through small streets I found a whole wall covered in sport themed paintings,

 

I would say it’s a tennis ball, but the colour is wrong.

 

 

This painting was next to a small local mosque – my point of destination.

 

 

This is a typical Malaysian house on stumps.

 

 

And another one.

 

 

 

In Malacca I decided to go on the river cruise. It was great. Beautiful waterfront with many small guest houses, cafes and seating areas.

 

 

But the best part was the paintings on the walls.

 

 

Almost every spare surface was decorated with some sort of artwork.

 

 

Scenes from traditional day-to-day life.

 

 

Scenes from the turbulent past.

 

 

Dutch and Portuguese invasion.

 

 

Local events.

 

 

Lush greenery.

 

 

More battles with foreign invaders.

 

 

Some tribal battles.

 

 

Malacca had a very difficult past being an important port.

 

 

Even elephants were involved.

 

 

Another attack from the sea.

 

 

Interesting picture of local and western kids running together.

 

 

Tribute to the soldiers killed in action.

 

 

A couple wearing traditional clothes.

 

 

Probably some local hero.

 

 

Interesting how windows and air conditioners are incorporated into the pictures.

 

 

Fashion parade.

 

 

Traditional local attire.

 

 

This is is a logo for a small hostel.

 

 

Wedding?

 

 

Local heroes or historical figures.

 

 

I like the headpiece.

 

 

These guys are typical Punjabi wearing festival clothes.

 

 

And the Indian lady is here too.

 

 

I am not 100 percent sure, but this painting resembles The Melaka Straits Mosque,  where my friend Arnold and I went to see the sunset one day.

 

 

Here is a small restaurant.

 

 

Here is a short video of the paintings from the river.

 

 

From the boat I saw a beautiful colourful painting, covering the whole wall.

 

 

Curious, I went there again. It was not just a wall, it was a whole street covered in murals.

 

 

Abstract, modern and very interactive. I saw a group of Chinese tourists, who were literally climbing the walls trying to get to the stairs on the right.

 

 

Cute stranger!

 

 

This was on the terrace of someone’s house.

 

 

Rangoli design.  Usually they are made from sand, but in this case it was done by paint – lasts longer, obviously.

 

 

At the start of the famous Jonker Street there is an interesting plaque with plump gold fish.

 

 

“Guerrilla sculpture is the placement of sculptures in street settings without official approval; it developed from street art in England in the late 20th century. In addition to the nontraditional setting of the works of art involved, there are also many different techniques used in the creation of this art work.” (Wikipedia).  This is a very good example, I think!

 

Arnold stayed in one of the hostels for cyclists. Since I have never been to the hostel before, we went for an excursion.  This painting was inside the building near the main entrance.

 

 

How could I NOT take a photo of this cute cat choosing his next travel destination?

Bye-bye, little kitty. See you next time!

 

 

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