Discover The Street Art Of Penang

In Asia, Stories
Penang was founded by the British in 1786 and granted World Heritage status in 2007 so history is an important part of its DNA. But, far from gathering dust and staying put in the past, its capital George Town is evolving with a cultural renaissance underway that is giving it a new artsy energy.

Each Saturday night, the grey cobble stones of Armenian Street in Penang’s George Town come alive with a heaving throng of people of all ages and a variety of backgrounds as stallholders display their wares along its length.

Here you’ll find handcrafted jewellery, baby clothes, chocolate coated bananas and everything else in between. But if you look behind the stalls, tucked into nooks and crannies along the length of the crumbling colonial street, you’ll find a number of eye catching artworks.

There are a several murals by artist Ernest Zacharevic and also, no less than 52 steel caricatures created by Sculpture At Work. Look carefully and you’ll find a few other little surprises tucked between the wooden beams and whitewashed bricks too.

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