Murals in Ipoh
Since early 2013, some things were going at the back lane parallel to Jalan Sultan Iskandar and Jalan Masjid.
Some things interesting were brewing, and known the the locals.
When the local newspaper the scheme, the activities at the back alley was revealed.
The children were playing my childhood games – hide and seek.
These was a series of mural by Eric Lai and his art students.
The first mural made popular on social media and traditional news media was the lion dance near the main street at the junction of Jalan Datuk Onn Jaafar.
There are total of 10 murals when we visited the lane at Ipoh just now (June 2013).
This game is called the eagle chasing then chicks, with one person playing the role of defending hen.
I played this game when i was about 5 years old. This game demand more exercise than playing Angry Bird.
Like the popular series of mural drawn by Ernest Zacharevic in Georgetown, the murals are adapting to the conditions of the walls and surrounding objects.
The remaining cements became rocks of a waterfall.
The best way to admire these murals is to visit during the morning when the sunlight is not too harsh.
By 9am, sunlight starting to fill-in the alley.
The image on top was lit by sunlight and compared with the picture below under the shade.
The drawing styles have different expressions compare to Ernest Zacharevic.
The sketches are simpler, bolder but more vibrant colours.
The stories were related to the works and plays at Kinta Valley of the bygone era.
Kinta Valley used to be the largest tin mining site in the world. The area also famous for clay vessels and rubber plantations.
There are two murals with the horse dance and Indian dancer.
Looking at the signature, I assumed they are the art students from Eric’s Artgene Studio.
If you are not familiar with the roads in Ipoh, I made a simple map to show you the location of each mural. You can finish the tour in 10 minutes as the murals are in close vicinity.
It is worthwhile to visit the oldest mosque in town, Masjid Panglima Kinta.
You can find some pre-world war II shops in both Ipoh new town and old town.
Old town is merely a short walk or drive across the Kinta River.