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.
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.
The council organised an urban art competition and chose ten finalists from each category to be featured on the walls.
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.
The categories were: 3D painting, 3D installation, painting-on-site and street furniture. This means there are forty finalists.
The artwork took on the themed concept of Shah Alam community, tourist attractions and the green concept.
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.
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.
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.
Obviously, these photos are just part of what are available in Laman Seni 7. There are simply too many.
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.
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.
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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