Friday, January 22, 2021

Art Gallery - Graffiti Street Art @ Kuala Lumpur AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.3

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Street Art Wall Murals @ AKLEH Klang River Storm Water Drains  Pt.3
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 3 of a 3-page blog, click below to go to other pages :
KL Grafitti Mural @ 
AKLEH Storm Drains Pt.2.

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!

Colourful art of man & ape; does it refers to Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution OR to the movie Planet of the Apes?

THANX from a villian?

Psychedelic art, do you see a dog head there at the centre?

A chimpanzee samurai, had the Planet of the Apes gone to Japan? More likely this is connected to the Japanese series 'Saru no Gundan' (猿の軍団, 'Army of the Apes').

Must be some moralistic line here; something to do with lust & death?

Pink Word Art on orange background.

More Word Art on orange background.

Ooooo.... Kinky & Hardcore, green hairspray & green lipstick!

Looks like a grumpy dog, doing graffiti.

More Word Art; the artists are really creative, turning these simple word art into something dynamic. May look simple but must have taken the artist a great effort.

Another rat, a cheeky one painting graffiti too?

Dynamic Word Art, perhaps following the colors of Thailand's flag or Flag of the Netherlands.

Masked Artist - because of Covid-19, don't think so as these artwork done before the pandemic.

More word art.

Cool guy, chill guy.... doing his hair with a flame torch 😆!

Evil under control?
Represented by an evil satanic being tied with golden string, maybe it's Wonder Woman's Lasso.

Guy turning pink high on something not good (see, the satanic ram horns).

One of the few Black & White artwork.

Not sure what this means, but the bespectacled guy looks like one of my smarter philosophical friends.

Some of the artists seems fixated on "The Planet of the Apess" theme; or perhaps this is a spin off from "Teenage Mutants Ninja Turtles"?

The Word Art artists seems to have a field day, such artwork seems to outnumber the rest; 

..... but still these are not easy to draw and need some imagination. The one above based on a haunted them, perhaps it's the Bate's hotel from Psycho!

Golden Techno Word Art.

The color scheme of this one together with the star reminds me of Captain America!

A bit zany, like words superimposed onto a city block.

Cartoon cat character; thought this was Sylvester the cat, form Looney Tunes & Merrie Melodies, that goes after Tweety Bird. But it looks more like a Japanese cartoon cat.

One serious-looking owl. Big one with only one yellow eye.

More word are that seems to spell Green Jungle on a blue sea.

This is on NASTY one with scary teeth, may have jumped out from Nightmare On Elm Street!

Word Art that looks like a modern version of a Chinese Junk with the setting sun behind.

Word Art with some floral bits.

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

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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