There is a value on street art that can be found on every city in the world. It is a mirror of what we want to communicate without the constraints of formal art room, it is raw form of expression questioning the existing environment, challenging the changing world and the social issues that mask our daily lives.
Whether you call it “urban art”, “guerrilla art”, “post-graffiti” or “smart vandalism”, a visual art created at the corner street is as effective as a slogan on protest rally, it sends a message to provoke something out of its audience, after all this is what art is supposed to be- to elicit reaction and to ask us to use our imagination.
What could be more effective but to use this medium just to simply remind us of what life once back then, when happiness lies on the simple things like our parents allowing us to play outdoor for a while and that exhilarating feeling the very first time we ride the bicycle.
This is exactly what Lithuanian born artist Ernest Zacharevic successfully achieved on his murals across the UNESCO World Heritage Town, the Old Streets of Georgetown, Penang.
What started as his participation on Mirrors of Georgetown for Georgetown Festival 2012 (GTF2012), his murals are now one of the primary reason why visitors are incline to tour the city, I must say it was one of my reason too.
There is something beautifully raw about his work, there is a story to tell and the one that blends perfectly well to the heritage and cultural background of the neighborhood. One of his most remarkable and celebrated mural is called “Two Children on a Bicycle” and can be found at Lebuh Armeninan (Armeninan Street).
These wired sculptures integrated history with humor, the demeanor and lives dung the early settlement days that gives meaning to the different street names of Georgetown, while the wired sculpture at Munti Street shows the humble beginnings of now famous shoe designer Jimmy Choo.
Map can be downloaded from the web (http://www.tourismpenang.net.my/pdf/street-art-brochure.pdf) that will point you exactly where to find the murals and wired sculptures, but the best way is to always head out the street of Georgetown and discover them on your own.