The Unique And Impressive Street Art of Penang

Penang is known for many things but primarily it’s food. The popular island is the unquestionable food capital of Malaysia and rightfully so. Of course while eating your way across the island you inevitably have to get up from the table and walk to the next stop in your foodie quest. Not only will this help build your appetite for the next dish but it is also the perfect opportunity to stroll past the impressive and unique street art scattered around Georgetown.

  Some Penang Street Art Is 3-Dimensional

The most iconic of the street art in Penang are the 3D creations. Each one features a common everyday object surrounded by art drawn to make it look as if both exist in the same dimension.

Penang street art is 3D and really cool

3D street art in Penang, Malaysia

3D street art in Penang, Malaysia

3D Penang street art of kids playing basketball
Random Penang Street Art

 

  There Is Metal Wire Art

The metal wire artwork in Penang is also very captivating. Most of the murals come with a descriptive sentence or even a couple talk bubbles, as if the artwork was a one frame comic in the newspaper.

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

This One Is My Favorite!  

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia


Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

Metal wire street art in Penang, Malaysia

a href=”https://theholidaze.com/images/countries/malay/penang-street-art-18.jpg”>Penang street art made from metal wire
Penang street art made from metal wire

 

  Some Of The Murals Are HUGE

And cover the entire side of buildings. Unfortunately because of the tight-knit quarters, this can sometimes make getting a proper DSLR shot next to impossible. Thank you GoPro!

Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building

Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building

Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building

Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building

Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building


Huge street art mural in Penang covering entire side of a building

  Other Artwork Is Unclassifiable

I learned about the Despicable Me characters while walking around Georgetown, courtesy of my friend Puteri (something I cannot forget now no matter how hard I try). After that I started noticing several DM characters scattered around town but only once the focus of the mural.

Despicable Me street art in Penang
Random Penang Street Art

 

Random Penang street art

Random Penang Street Art
Random Penang Street Art

 

Random Penang street art of Chinese cats

 

  Where Can I See This?

Below is a map I obtained that contains the locations of some of the most iconic pieces of street art. Of course, the art is in a state of gradual but perpetual change, so don’t get upset if the map is not 100% accurate.

Penang street art map -- your cheat sheet to finding them allUse the list on the left of the map to find the location of your favorite Penang street art

Want more street art?     Toronto’s Graffiti Alley (100 photos!)

  Which artwork is your favorite?

About Derek Freal

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13 thoughts on “The Unique And Impressive Street Art of Penang”

    • I didn’t get the chance to make it there last time I was in CM. I take it you recommend it though? There are always so many travel bloggers calling CM home, been meaning to swing back around and catch up with everyone…

  1. Damn!! You ask us choosing our favorite artworks??
    It’s the hardest part, okay..
    The 3D Art are very impressive and super creative, I like some of them but I have to admit it, a few of them are just a bit spooky or creepy when you see these at dark.

    For instance; a couple of Chinese kids who stand on the swinging chair, is it just me, if I saw this at dark.. err, it’s kinda horror because it looks real and what the hell these kids do at night.. That’s my interpretation. *listening to kids laughing are typical in Horror movie :p*

    Metal Wires are also cool, but they are very comical…

    However, my best favorite is number two from the bottom. I love the idea of this street art, a full color cute cat being surrounded by typical Chinese doll cats, the symbol of a Good Luck, and did you notice what is this black cat looking at?? Haha, look at carefully.. there’s a mouse id hanging on the roof. And this black cat expression is very funny, “I WILL CATCH YOU, I WILL CATCH YOU…” ๐Ÿ™‚ , Good Luck Big Cat!!!

    And the other one, I like the most is, Black and White girl painting on the massive wall, and seems like her air is morphing from hair to tree branches and birds. It’s beautiful concept and what can I say is, Very Brilliant. Even though it’s just a painting but it’s a very animated picture.

    What’s your favorite?

    • Ohh yeah, those kids on the swings was in a small alley so that would be doubly spooky at night ๐Ÿ˜‰ And yes, that mouse is my favorite part of the cat street art. Although my favorite wire art one is the lady crawling up the drain pipe to spy through the window in search of her husband, my favorite one overall is the colorful boat full o’ characters or the girl with the windswept hair…although the crazy furry Japanese (?) critter photo is also cool, but mainly because of the kids sitting in front of it hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Never would I have expected to find such amazing street art in Penang. I decided not to visit it when I went to Malaysia three years ago and now I deeply regret it, since I am a huge fan of (good) street art.

    My favourites? I’d say the first set of 3D photos. Just uber cool!

    • Definitely agree with you there Simon, the 3D ones are definitely the coolest of the bunch ๐Ÿ˜‰ Seems like I’m finding street art in more and more unexpected cities these last few years…

  3. I am a Malaysian and I’ve just discovered the Penang Street Art…!! Now i’m seeing a lot of blogs on this. Your pictures are nice, I miss some of them during my visit.

    • Hey Fariz, makasih banyak ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah, the Penang street art is really cool, especially the wire art. Which was your favorite piece of artwork?

      I hope they keep adding more to it ๐Ÿ™‚ cheers

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