There is good, and then there is great. That is the difference between Penang and Shah Alam street art. Everyone who has ever visited Malaysia knows about the impressive street art of Penang. Sure, it is cool and unique. And it can be fun hunting around to try and find them all.
Don’t get me wrong, the artwork in Penang is good — but the Shah Alam street art scene known as Laman Seni 7 is so much better. Plus it is just a short LRT ride away from Kuala Lumpur city center (same distance as the Batu Caves, just in a different direction).
Welcome to Laman Seni 7
Covering every single building wall spanning two blocks in the shape of a U, all the artwork in Laman Seni 7 (roughly translated as “art yard 7”) was created in 2014 by some of Malaysia’s best street artists. This is one of those fantastic places that not even the locals know about it — after one of my local buddies first took me out to Laman Seni 7 I shared the photos with friends around Kuala Lumpur, shocked to discover that none of whom had heard of Laman Seni 7.
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The Best Street Art In Malaysia
One of the nicest things about the Shah Alam street art is that each mural is accompanied by a plaque featuring both the name of the artwork and the artist, along with a paragraph explaining it. Most are in English, however a few are in Malay.
Street Art…With A Story
At Laman Seni 7 there is always a story and a message behind street art, but often times these are only known to the artist or are left up to interpretation by the viewer. Not the case here in Shah Alam. My favorite piece here is set in the year 2047 — it is a huge three-piece mural stretched across an entire alley depicting the view from the cockpit of a spaceship (airdrone).
Here are each of the three pieces in greater detail:
Super Stylish Street Art
Most of the murals in Shah Alam are very elaborate, even thought-provoking. They were created during June 2014 and officially unveiled on June 22nd, 2014. Certain things such as what happened to Malaysia Airlines flight 370 remain as important of a question nowadays as they were three years ago. Will the puzzle of Flight 370 ever be solved?
+ 3D Street Art
If you have ever visited Penang then you know that a lot of the street art is actually 3D artwork. Many of the pieces there incorporate metal wire and other objects, either in addition to or instead of paint. Unfortunately many of the 3D murals of Shah Alam are not withstanding the test of time as well.
Below are ‘then and now’ photos of the Super Mario World mural. I didn’t even realize that it used to be 3-dimensional until doing some additional research on Laman Seni 7 this morning. (“then” photo via Juliana Lee — see more)
Back in 2014 those two dozen plastic water bottles hanging on wires in the photo above were actually a massive flock of blue fish that stretched across the alley.
Several of the works bear a striking resemblance to murals in Penang. One can only assume that the same artist is behind both.
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Where To Find The Shah Alam Street Art
The easiest way to get to Laman Seni 7 is via the KTM Komuter train. This is the same line that goes Batu Caves, however instead of heading north you want to go south towards Klang and disembark at Padang Jawa (station KD12). From there Laman Seni 7 is a just a short taxi ride away.
Alternatively, you can also take the Kelana Jaya LRT to Subang Jaya (station KJ28 / KD09) and from their either transfer to the KTM Komuter line, or take a taxi from there.