GEORGE TOWN, WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Penang’s George Town, in addition to the street art, is also known for its metal sculptures / art. They are a collection of caricatures, portraying the history, people and special characteristics of George Town streets. The Malaysian sculpture studio, SCULPTUREATWORK,are the creative team behind this novel art.
There are about 52 sculptures, spread across streets of George Town. In this post, and the following ones, I intend to share photographs of some of the metal art, we came across during our trip to George Town, Penang, Malaysia.
1. CINATRA STREET, BUFFER ZONE
In the early 20th century, the slightly risque reputation of this area was further enhanced by the presence of Japanese camera shops which were suspected of covet spying activities
2.ROPE WALK, BUFFER ZONE
Rope walk was named after the rope making activities on the street.
3.CANNON STREET, CORE ZONE
A cannon shot fired during the 1867 Penang Riots, made a large hole in this area, hence the name.
4.ARMENIAN STREET, CORE ZONE
The Tua Pek Kong Hueoh, Grand Float Procession, is held in the year of the Tiger, to wash away bad luck, and bring great wealth and health.
5.SOO HONG LANE, (THE NARROWEST STREET IN GEORGE TOWN), CORE ZONE
The hand pulled rickshaw was the most popular form of transportation in early Penang.
6.CHULIA STREET GHAUT, CORE ZONE
Yeoh Kongs was established in 1836, to look after the welfare of the newly arrived Yeoh Clansmen.
7.CHULIA STREET GHAUT, CORE ZONE
Up until 1909, the police doubled, as George Town’s firefighters.
8.AH QUEE STREET, CORE ZONE
The street is named after Kapitan Chung Keng Kwee, who generously donated his house, to the municipality for vehicular access, ensuring that his name lives on for posterity.
9.VICTORIA STREET, CORE ZONE
In the 1800’s, shops and godowns on Victoria Street were built at the sea front
To be continued……