I suppose it would have been difficult for street art not to pique my interest while living in Malaysia – it’s everywhere. Bursting off the walls in back alleyways, near train lines and along the Klang River walls, Kuala Lumpur’s urban art scene is theatrical with vibrant colours and characters giving new life to tired and ordinary surfaces.
As Kuala Lumpur’s collection of street art continues to grow, these murals are transforming ordinary city spaces into free, open-air museums. So, if urban street art is your thing, or if you just like art, here’s a small collection of what the city has to offer:
Off Jalan Khoo Teak Ee, I stumbled across an alleyway with its walls covered in vibrant designs.
Even this van became a canvas for street artists.
Smaller pieces fill these structural columns at a car wash.
This vibrant design, along with several others below, decorate the walls surrounding a large parking lot on Jalan Imbi.
A much less appealing tag-style graffiti covers the tin fence around a gravel parking lot.
This piece is found at the entrance of Lebuh Pudu on the way to Sin Sze Ya Temple in Chinatown
These scary monsters are just some of the designs inhabiting the walls of the Klang River near Pasar Seni LRT station.
And this laid-back guy is located on the exterior wall of cafe Q Cup on Jalan Imbi.
What are your thoughts on urban street art? Or where have you seen other great street art examples in Kuala Lumpur, or in other parts of Malaysia?