Laman Seni 7 Shah Alam Selangor

1. visitors take a groufie at Laman Seni 7, Shah Alam, Selangor

Laman Seni 7 in Section 7, Shah Alam is a continuation of a project to convert back lanes of shop houses into public art galleries. The first part is Laman Seni 2, naturally located in Section 2.

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2. Single Mother by Kenji Chai

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With the hashtag #lorongbelakang, the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) collaborated with KHZNH Studio and a group of young artists to liven up the area with wall art, turning the back alleys into a major attraction for both locals and out-of-towners.

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The council organised an urban art competition and chose ten finalists from each category to be featured on the walls.

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All the works of finalists have descriptions by the side of the art, which explains to the visitor what was on the mind of the artist in producing it.

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The categories were: 3D painting, 3D installation, painting-on-site and street furniture. This means there are forty finalists.

Laman Seni 7 Shah Alam Selangor

10. Popon from Indonesia poses in front of the hippo wall art

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The artwork took on the themed concept of Shah Alam community, tourist attractions and the green concept.

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The project was so successful that it bagged two awards: Green Apple Award 2014 by The Green Organisation, United Kingdom and the Two Thousand 14 MIP Planning Excellence Award by the Malaysian Institute of Planners.

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Prior to this Shah Alam trip at the invitation of Gaya Travel Magazine and UPEN (Unit Perancang Ekonomi Negeri) Selangor, I had not heard about this Laman Seni project.

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However, when I saw all these wall murals, somehow I wasn’t surprised. Wall art is huge in Penang and Ipoh, as well as in Singapore, thanks to the breakthrough by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic.

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Obviously, these photos are just part of what are available in Laman Seni 7. There are simply too many.

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Now that I have visited Laman Seni 7, I am curious to check out Laman Seni 2, the first part of the project. I would like to compare how much the second part has improved over the first.

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Anyway, being not from the area, if you ask me for directions on how to go to Laman Seni 7, I wouldn’t be able to let you know. Just look for Jalan Plumbum R7/R, Shah Alam on Waze.

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If you are as interested in wall murals and art installations as I am, check out my previous blog posts on similar public art work in Penang, Ipoh and Singapore.

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