On the streets of Penang…

One of the more surprising highlights of Penang, and George Town in particular, has been the prolific amounts of quality street art to be found.

I’m pretty sure I didn’t come close to finding the best stuff. And I know that some of the better known street art doesn’t exist anymore – such is the transience of the art form.

From what I can work out, a lot of it has been commissioned tourism attraction artwork, as part of Penang’s bid to win and maintain their UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The earlier work originated from around 2009 (they get UNESCO status in 2008) and reflects the culture and history of the streets in which the work can be found.

Most of it is well maintained, and there’s more and more every year from what the locals told us. I sort of wish I’d made more of an effort to find it all, but the street art was also difficult to photograph, being a huge tourism draw.

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