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Penang Street Art: Murals and Sculptures

After a plate of Penang’s famous Char Kuey Teow and a bowl of Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul; it’s time to burn them calories. 

Take a stroll along the streets of George Town and nearby streets, capture fun memories with murals and sculptures, and play a part in Penang’s heritage.

1. Boy on a Bike

Boy on a Bike can be found on 12, Lebuh Ah Quee. It is one of Ernest Zacharevic’s original and famous murals.

2. The Real Bruce Lee Would Never Do This

Just after Boy on a Bike and around the corner is this Bruce Lee and cats mural. This mural was painted by ASA, Artists for Stray Animals, for the 101 Lost Kittens project.

You can find more murals by them in this map here.

3. Ah Quee

The street is named after Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee who generously donated his house to the Municipality for vehicular access ensuring that his name lives on for posterity. Cheng Keng Kwee is also known as “Ah Quee”.

Ah Quee can be found at 10, Lebuh Ah Quee.

4. Nasi Kandar Seller

Nasi kandar originated from Tamil Muslim hawking home-cooked curry dishes and rice from containers slung on both ends of a kandar (a wooden stick).

This sculpture can be found at 50, Lebuh Ah Quee.

Inspirations Behind Penang’s Street Arts

In 2008, George Town was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The following year, the Penang state government held a competition – Marking George Town – and Sculpture At Work won it. Across George Town, 52 cartoon steel-rod sculptures reflect the history and unique characteristics of selected streets in George Town.

Ah Quee and Nasi Kandar are examples of Sculpture At Work’s work. You can check out all 52 sculpture locations here.

In 2012, Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian-born artist was commissioned to create large-scale street art murals for the George Town Festival. The project was called “Mirrors George Town”. Some of his most famous murals are Boy on a Bike, Children on Bicycle, Boy on Chair, and more.

In addition to Zacharevic’s murals, there are also several murals depicting cats and dogs by “Artists for Stray Animals”. You can explore an overview of the most famous and popular street art murals in George Town, Penang below.

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