Thursday, September 24, 2020

Art Gallery - Graffiti Street Art @ Kuala Lumpur AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.1

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Street Art Wall Murals @ AKLEH Klang River Storm Water Drains  Pt.1
Klang River, AKLEH, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - September 2020
Our cycling rides have taken us to many an interesting place, often for food but also to historical places, and interestingly also to odd places with beautiful artwork!

This is page 1 of a 3-page blog, click below to go to other pages :
 KL Grafitti Mural @ AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.2
KL Grafitti Mural @ 
AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.3
(Coming soon, stay tuned!)

Previously I had wrote about the murals drawn onto the walls of the Klang River located between Sultan Abdul Samad Building and the KL-Klang Bus Terminal. That stretched has now been turned into a nicely landscaped section of the River of Life project. Unfortunately these murals had all be painted over, it would have been great if they (or at least part of them) could have been maintained as they give a glimpse into the artistic spirit of Malaysians.

But fret not, all is not lost! New street art murals have popped up at the Klang River storm/monsoon drain walls at a section running below the AKLEH (Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway). I am not sure who the artists are and which company sponsored the paint, but these new murals seems to be more vibrant, colourful and bright!

The murals are painted onto both side of the monsoon drain walls running between the LRT Damai Station and the LRT Datuk Keramat Station. One can walk/cycle in via the ramps near these stations or a ramp near Lorong Keramat 16. We (and our bicycles) went in via a more interesting and daunting route: through a small wall opening opposite the Kedai Makan Mutiara (GPS: 3.16639, 101.72028) along Jalan Datuk Keramat, click here for a Google Street View of the opening.

From there, to reach where the murals are, it was a surrealistic bike ride of 500 meters along the sloping base of the Klang River monsoon drain, with the long slabs supporting the AKLEH above us. The loud roar of the traffic on top could be heard!
Be warned though, these are storm-water drains, and during the torrential monsoon rain they can fill up pretty high - SO DO NOT ENTER during rainy days/season.

Okay, enough of the preamble. Lets have a look at the wall murals, these are pretty large spanning about 20 to 30 feet long and taking up the full height (about 10-15 feet) of the drain walls. These are presented here in the order that they were seen starting from the LRT Damai Station and heading to the LRT Datuk Keramat Station. Some would say that these graffiti artists are amateurs, but looking at the artwork they have created, their attention to colours and detailing is superb.
Due to photography angle, and for presentation purposes, many of photos shown here have been cropped, so it is better to go there and see these artworks for yourselves when you have the opportunity.
Below are the artwork, click on the photo to view. Enjoy!
A purple gluttony nightmare?

Blue tones characters.... surprisingly it lift's up one's spirits instead of making on feel blue.

Zany psychedelic colourful words.

"Voice of the Ghetto:
Meeting of Styles Malaysia 2019 seems to indicate that these murals were painted in 2019 in a sort of graffiti event.

Purple man with pink lips, he's a beauty, yah? Reminds me of Sylvester Stallone in Rocky.

More word graffiti this one seems animated, crawling along!

Sharp arrow marroon words on orange background .....

.... to brightly coloured ones.

On the opposite bank tricycle stunt race rides along his words.

Close up view of the tricycle stunt racer.

Grey koala bear with grey letters.

Flamenco dancer with red rose in her mouth.

Maroon-orange letters on a stylized blue cityscape.

Green uniformed pilot with paint spray can.

Letters in outer space?

Astral letters?

STAY TUNED.....
MORE ARTWORK COMING SOON!

This is page 1 of a 3-page blog, click below to go to other pages :
 KL Grafitti Mural @ AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.2
KL Grafitti Mural @ 
AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.3


Klang River, AKLEH (Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway)
Dama LRT Station (GPS: 3.16440, 101.72448) to Keramat LRT Station (GPS: 3.16497, 101.732)
Accessible from the ramps near these stations and also from a ramp near Lorong Keramat 16 (GPS: 3.16478, 101.72788)
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Monday, August 17, 2020

Art Gallery - Street Art @ My Prawn Village Tanjung Tualang

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Street Art @ My Prawn Village Tanjung Tualang
My Prawn Village, Tanjung Tualang, Perak, Malaysia - August 2020
My Prawn Village (Kampung Udang) located at Tanjung Tualang sell those famously yummy Udang Galah (giant fresh water prawns). We visited the place in early August, wanting to savour the prawns and other good seafood there; unfortunately the place had yet to reopen after the Covid-19 lockdown. We did meet the owner, Mr. Alex Wong, and was informed that he was getting ready to re-open the place in a couple of weeks.
Despite not eating there we did get to enjoy the place; the restaurant is located at the far end of a large compound AND within that compound were many artwork for us to appreciate. Due to photography angle, and for presentation purposes, many of photos shown here have been cropped, so it is better to go there and see these artworks for yourselves when you have the opportunity.
Below are the artwork, click on the photo to view. Enjoy!


A. TIN DREDGE - WORKING SCALED MODEL


Video of the working scaled model of a tin dredge that can be seen at this place. The boss, Alex Wong, kindly turned it on for us to see. (credits: Jeremy Phun)

B. CUTE WALL MURALS


A friendly Panda family having fun around a window.


A curious giraffe, peeping through a hole in the wall, while butterflies fly around a flowery bush.


Birds and butterflies flying above a flowery patch. Hanging above is a pair of ornamental ceiling lights.



Boat ladies harvesting lotus blooms from a lake. There is indeed a lotus pond in Kampar at the UTAR campus, but no boat ladies 😄.



A combo wrap-round the wall mural; showing lotus pound and also fishermen back with a boatload of fish.


Japanese sakuras (cherry blossoms ), in the background are snow-capped mountains similar to Mount Fuji.


A friendly colorful clown.


The girls being "friendly" with the friendly, colorful clown.


A long mural, taking the length of a whole wall (about 30 feet), of Udang Galah (giant fresh water prawns).


Another long mural, this one's of rickshaws.

C. PLACES OF INTEREST
Below are panel art of several places and things of interest:
Kellie's Castle at Batu Gajah.



Ipoh Railway Station.


Birch Memorial Clock Tower in Ipoh.


Ipoh new Market.


Teluk Intan Leaning Clock Tower.


An old steam locomotive ends up as as sliding gate.


A red antique car.


A red antique car.

D. THE ROCK ART SECTION

Below are artwork drawn onto rounded river stones:


Thumbs up icon; does this refer to the renown Ngan Yin groundnuts?

For the gambler; an almost complete flush.


Perak has many waterfalls, is this the renown Latar Kinjang near Tapah?


Care for a Rockburger? 😂


Spiral doughnut.


Or a Rock Melon..... Oops.... this in a rocky watermelon 😂.


A tiger's head?
This could refer to Malayan Banking or the Tiger Head Biscuits from Teluk Intan.


Lazing frogs. This one is my favorite, they seem so realistic - especially the top fella who seems to be well crafted into the shape of the stone.


A beehive....


..... and the bees.


More peaceful insects: ladybugs.


And eyeing them, a ferocious spider!


A pussycat but tiger wannabe?


A cute panda.... okay this fella is a bit out of shape, perhaps need to go do a bit of cycling 😂?


A cute Spotted Deer.


A shy tortoise.


Koi fish in a pond.


Starry, starry night.

E. STATUES & SCULPTURES
Budai, the Laughing Buddha.


Wooden statue of a cartoon boy character.
Sorry, can't recall which one.

Another cartoon character, this time of a spotted dog.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on a open life-boat.


Donald Duck & friends on an enclosed lifeboat.


Front view of the enclosed lifeboat.
Hey! There's a Minion hanging there!

A giant statue of the Giant Fresh Water Prawns) (Udang Galah).
Do go to My Prawn Village, it's an interesting place to visit while in Tanjung Tualang.


My Prawn Village
Kampung Ayer Papan, 31800 Tanjung Tualang, Perak, Malaysia
Tel: +6053608126
GPS & Directional Map: 4.32153, 101.05667
(Click here for Google Street View)


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