Travelogue

Magic Touch by Ernest Zacharevic

I have never seen any tourism promotion campaign in Malaysia as effective as the Mirrors George Town series by Ernest Zacharevic.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Little Children on a bicycle

The artworks have touched many Malaysians and tourists’ heart in a magical way.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Little boy with pet dinosaur chasing boy on bike

If you see groups of visitors carrying map with marked locations, they are likely part of the ‘picture hunters’ in search of Zachrevic’s artworks.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Children in a boat

 

I was shocked to see the entire Chew Jetty transformed into a tourist mechant streets selling merchandize surrounding the success of the murals.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - reaching up

Locals are selling t-shirts and souvenirs at each spot of the mural, plus few stores selling drinks and other merchandize.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural (6)

It was amazing to see how a few beautiful and creative murals could create so much sensations and tourism money.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Little girl in blue

The murals bring a great success and beautiful ending note to the George Town Festival 2012.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - Broken Heart (2)

Below was the first mural drawn by Ernest earlier.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town mural - The old man

You can visit Ernest’s facebook for more interesting participation of the visitors who posed with the murals. Many creative challenges and treasure hunts have included the murals as part of the fun activities.

Ernest Zacharevic Mirrors George Town

Of course, not everyone is happy with the murals. Some jealous artists made their silent protest on some walls.

Mural in George Town 1 

I would have to say that art has not national or racial boundary. Hope to see more creative artworks and successful campaign like Mirrors George Town.

Mural in George Town 2

Highly recommended to include the hunt for mural as part of your visit to George Town. Just search on the Internet for the location map and route, there are plenty of online resources. The best time to start is before 7:30am as the high noon sunlight may cast shadows to the murals.

Thank you Ernest Zacharevic for bring out the some of the best of George Town.

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  1. Pingback: Murals in Ipoh | Present Moment

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