Hidden in plain sight

Despite soaring temperatures in sunny Penang, Butterworth is slowly becoming a cool place in its own right. The biggest town in Penang’s mainland is catching up with the more famous George Town on the island, boasting its own street art trail. Instead of showcasing the works of big foreign names such as Ernest Zacharevic, the street art featured here are the handiwork of local artists.

Hidden behind the staid facades of shoplots are stunning murals and installations that narrate Butterworth’s history. A collaboration of urban rejuvenation by Think City and architect Zaini Zainul, the street art depicts the quintessential Butterworth denizens and its evolution from agricultural heartland to port town, in riotous colour, whimsical installations and clever illustrations.

Want to experience these wonderful creations in the (coconut) flesh? Bring an umbrella or slap on some sunscreen, have your cameras or smartphones at the ready and start your journey at Lorong Bagan Luar 1.

This story first appeared in Live! 2019 magazine. Download your copy of the magazine here.  

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