Think of Shah Alam and street art would not be the first thing that comes to your mind.
If you are in the city, do take a walk down Laman Seni 7 and you’d be treated to some of the best arts in the city. This back alley – also known for its famous hashtag #lorongbelakang (aka back alley) – is tucked out of view but is the playground for street art aficionados.
The Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) had collaborated with young artists and KHZNH Studio (a multidisciplinary architectural-based corporate group) to turn the area once thought about negatively, to the attraction it is today.
Walls are covered with creative arts, graffiti, 3D installation, 3D painting – a result of an art competition organised by the council to cultivate creative identities. The curated art at Leman Seni 7 focuses on art appreciation, while drawing attention to social issues.
You’ll be sure to take many Instagram-worthy pictures there. Be prepared to queue up for photos if you visit during holidays
Deforestation has ravaged much of our rainforest. Winner of the 3D painting category empowers citizens to protect flora and fauna with his Orang Utan mural.
Mohd Fazry constructs a practical sitting area consisting of bangkus (stools) and umbrellas. The colourful umbrellas depict Malaysia's volatile weather (sunny and rain) while the stools represent the vast student community in the Section 7 area. The installation, which also functions as a 'hangout place', reveals how urbanisation has crept into quiet parts of the city.
A scene from the classic Mario video game is brought to life with recycled materials such as bricks, galvanised iron pipes and wood. Pull of your best impression of the pudgy Italian plumber her.
This 3D painting portrays our vigorous daily activities (hence the entwined, multicoloured roots), which contribute to 'a huge tree of life experiences'. Notice how the artist cleverly transformed the air-con condensers into 'large leaves'.
Human activity is driving dangerous climate change, and this unambifuous message by Cloakwork hits the nail on the head.
Bawang Studio relives the forgotten, carefree days of plating and gathering at a courtyard - a common feature in old CHinese settlementes or shophouses during the Malayan days.
Plastic bags are choing river habitats and this isntallation is a pwoerful reminder of how litter can impose a damagingg impact on underwater life.
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