George Town (Penang, Malaysia) Street Art by E.Z.
There isn’t much to George town or nothing much that I could find via walking around our hostel. I did notice vendors selling postcards, t-shirts and other usual gear all printed with very familiar street art murals. Some of them I remember seeing once or twice on the internet from facebook or some other social network. I asked a local vendor, “hey excuse me sir, is this artwork near here?” He pointed to the building behind me, As I turned around, I saw one of the murals that was printed on all of the t-shirts. I noticed one of the vendors had a map, I grabbed one and sure enough it was a map to all of the murals around town. To much of my luck, many of them were located just a few blocks of each other.
I decided that I would play “tourist” for the day and go on a little scavenger hunt for a few. I’m not entirely sure how many there is, but there is quite a few, but in that heat, I wasn’t about to wander all over for long, but I did snap a few that I knew I wanted to check out.
All of these pieces were created by Ernest Zacharevic, a Lithuanian-born artist. Most of these pieces I recognized from the archives of my brain and now I was standing right in front of them. I have a few friends back home that have art books or street art books as a coffee table book or somewhere in their library there might be a copy of street art from the around the world. Just like anything else, seeing it in a book is one thing, but when you finally get to see it in person, it can bring on an incredible feeling. It reminds me all the reasons on why I travel in the first place. As the morning passed the sun was getting pretty warm, I would guess around the lower 90’s, but feeling more like 100 degrees, so I wasn’t up to completing the entire scavenger hunt, but like I said. This coming weekend, we will be back in Penang, so maybe I’ll go explore for the rest of the murals and artwork around town.
Do you have a favorite mural or street artist? Let me know in the comments below.
On busy days most of these pieces
trying to get selfies.
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