02 Jun Georgetown Street Art guide (INCLUDES MAP)
If you have already visited my blog you will know that in the summer of 2019 I made a 3-week trip through Malaysia and Singapore. And, you will also know, that without a doubt my favorite visit was the city of Georgetown, on the island of Penang. But I had not yet told you about Georgetown Street Art, probably its main attraction.
In another post about the city I told you about what to see in Georgetown, the essentials that you could not miss under any circumstances. And then I already told you that the city had two factors for which it is the favorite of many, its Street Art and its gastronomy.
So here I am, ready to tell you all about the street art of this multicultural city. And since I’m nice ;), I’m also going to share a map of all the graffiti ;)! If you don’t want to miss any of them or spend hours looking for them, don’t miss this complete guide of the Georgetown Street Art!
So let’s go, get your camera and legs ready to kick the city!
- 1 How Georgetown’s “Street Art” started
- 2 Georgetown Street Art: All Graffiti
- 2.1 Kids on Bicycle – Ernest Zacharevic
- 2.2 Old Motorcycle – Ernest Zacharevic
- 2.3 Kungfu Girl – Ernest Zacharevic
- 2.4 Boy on a Chair – Ernest Zacharevic
- 2.5 Girl on a Turtle – Ernest Zacharevic & Martin Ron
- 2.6 Brother and Sister on Swing – Louis Gan
- 2.7 Susu Soya Asli & Segar – Collaboration by St. Xavier’s Institution, Homesoy and Vilmedia
- 2.8 101 Lost Kittens
- 3 Other Street Art Murals in Georgetown
- 4 Art Lane
- 5 Georgetown Street Art Map
- 6 Other articles of my 3 week trip to Malaysia and Singapore
How Georgetown’s “Street Art” started
It all started in 2008, when UNESCO declared the historic city of Georgetown a World Heritage Site. To celebrate and make Georgetown a unique city in Malaysia, they decided to hold a contest to embellish even more its streets.
The winner of this contest was the artist Tang Mun Kian, who, with his work “Making George Town”, explains the history of the city with works of art in wrought iron as if they were cartoons.
But this was just the beginning of Georgetown street art. Because a little later, the Lithuanian Ernest Zacharevic, was the one who painted some of the most famous graffiti of Street Art in Georgetown. And not only for its beauty and colors, but for its creativity. In many of his graffiti, you will see that they represent snapshots of the day to day and also mix urban and domestic furniture, such as chairs, motorcycles, swings … Thanks to this creativity, you will not be simple observers, but you will be able to interact with the murals. A little further down you can see some photos to give you an idea 😉 Cool, right?
In this post I’m going to focus on Georgetown’s Street Art murals which I think are what almost everyone is looking for in the city. But if anyone needs a guide to Tang Mun Kian’s wrought iron works you can ask me 😉
Georgetown Street Art: All Graffiti
Kids on Bicycle – Ernest Zacharevic
Old Motorcycle – Ernest Zacharevic
Kungfu Girl – Ernest Zacharevic
Boy on a Chair – Ernest Zacharevic
Girl on a Turtle – Ernest Zacharevic & Martin Ron
Brother and Sister on Swing – Louis Gan
Susu Soya Asli & Segar – Collaboration by St. Xavier’s Institution, Homesoy and Vilmedia
‘101 Lost Kittens’ is a local street art project aimed at raising awareness about the plight of stray animals. The project’s collection of artwork and murals are created by Malaysian artists Louise Low and Tang Yeok Khang, as well as by Thai artist Natthapon Muangkliang.
101 Lost Kittens
The first of them is the famous Skyppy. Unfortunately, he died on January 26, 2019. It was one of the most photographed murals in Georgetown.
Love me like your fortune cat
The real Bruce Lee would never do this
I can help catch rats
No animal discrimination please
Other Street Art Murals in Georgetown
Until now I have shown you the most famous or the most visited Georgetown Street Art, but you will find murals in every corner of the city. In the next point I will leave you a map of all the Street Art that you can find in Georgetown, but I already tell you that most of the murals you will find them in the streets “Lebuh Armenian” “Lebuh Chulia” and “Lebuh Cannon”.
I leave you more graffiti that I saw around the whole city!
Art Lane is an alley full of murals hidden among the streets of Georgetown. So hidden that we found it by chance ;).
The characteristic of this alley is that all the graffitis are made by street artists from all over the world. They visited the city, there was a place on the wall and they left their artwork.
Location: 199, Lebuh Victoria, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Hours: from 9 am to 7 pm
Georgetown Street Art Map
As I was saying, I’m going to leave you a map of Georgetown Street Art through Google Earth, so you can also do a street view, cool right? This map will guide you, but be sure to pick up the Georgetown street art map at the city’s tourist office (Lebuh Light, 10760 Georgetown).