Off the Wall
Ella Tan | On 29, Jan 2015
Art walls which started in Penang and Ipoh, have grown into a wave of murals in other parts of Malaysia. Over in the once nondescript farming village of Kelapa Sawit, Kulaijaya, Johor, CHUA SWEE XIAN tells us how the villagers rejuvenated their sleepy hollow in 2014 with a painting spree.
The mostly Hakka villagers put up 30 murals depicting Hakka culture, transforming Kelapa Sawit (the Malay word for oil palm) into something unique.
While some paintings are in the naïve art style, others done by volunteers, students and teachers are 3D eg this bicycle installation piece.
Imaginative and charming, art walls bring on smiles and recollection of the simple village life with scenes of farming alongside a duo – Chinese chess playing astronaut and diver – and even an agrarian landscape inspired by the European countryside.
The art walls of this off-the-beaten track village have attracted visitors who come by specially to stroll through the village, eat local Hakka cuisine, and of course, take photos.