The street art in Penang is about so much more than an interactive backdrop for your Instagram photos, the murals illustrate the story of George Town. Sculptures explain how roads got their names, signs describe the heritage of the area and large-scale portraits represent George Town businesses, past and present.
When we took ourselves on a self-guided walking tour of George Town, we came away with so much more than a bunch of pretty photos. I came home with a better understanding of Penang too.
Brief history of street art in George Town, Penang
Penang was not nearly as prominently placed on the international tourist scene until a Lithuanian artist named Ernest Zacharevic changed the fate of the crumbling heritage city in 2012.
Prior to Zacharevic putting Penang on the map, George Town, which was the first British settlement in Southeast Asia, had been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. To celebrate this recognition the State Government held a competition to find artists who could make signage for the ‘living museum’.
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