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Monday, 18 January 2016

A city’s story told through art

The murals, completed just earlier this month, are already attracting the attention of passersby and tourists.

The murals, completed just earlier this month, are already attracting the attention of passersby and tourists.

ARTISTIC murals never fail to attract the attention of people, and the latest addition to Ipoh’s landscape, right beside the newly built The Majestic highrise residential development located along Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar, is sure to draw attention.

Drawn on seven panels on a brick wall, the murals depict the old days of Ipoh town, dating back to the glory days of the tin mining industry in the late 1800s, to how the town looked in the 1930s to 1950s, and Ipoh as it appears today as a city.

Th artwork was commissioned by the company behind the property project and took around a month to complete.

Majestic Ipoh Sdn Bhd marketing executive M. Vijay said the murals were done by four artists who started work early last December.

“We had a vision of depicting the history of how Ipoh started out, so we chose to tell the story through the murals.

The first panel depicts the glory days when tin mining was a flourishing industry in the late 1800s.
The first panel depicts the glory days when tin mining was a flourishing industry in the late 1800s.

“The mural starts out with the tin mining days, as Ipoh was famous for this back in the day.

“Then, you’ll see the progression of Ipoh’s development into a city as trishaws, bicycles and cars eventually start appearing on the streets.

“And finally, it comes to our time, where our dual-block condominium exists today, giving lots of opportunity for people to stay right in the heart of the city,” he told MetroPerak.

The murals, located on Jalan C.M. Yusuf were completed about two weeks ago, and already many tourists have been seen gathering at the site to take pictures.

One of them was Jenny Koh, 42, a social worker from Singapore who was in Ipoh for three days.

The mural drawings on the wall next to The Majestic consists of drawings depicting Ipoh in the olden days of development. — Photos: SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star
A tourist admiring the latest addition to Ipoh’s cultural landscape located next to The Majestic highrise property development. — Photos: SAIFUL BAHRI/The Star

“We were just walking around to explore the city, and coincidentally we stumbled across the new murals!

“I think they look very beautiful. They show us tourists what this place used to look like decades ago. It’s very interesting,” she said.

Another Singaporean, a freelance tour guide, who wished to be known only as Yen, 38, said the murals made her feel nostalgic.

“The murals are now part of Ipoh’s cultural landscape, and it becomes a tourist spot.

“I’ve never seen such a thing in Singapore before. I hope Singaporean artists can do something similar, because artwork like this really pulls in crowds and gives the area an identity,” she said.

Located on a 0.6ha site on Jalan Dato’ Tahwil Azar, The Majestic consists of two 21-storey towers with a total of 333 freehold condominiums and 12 units of two-storey commercial lots on the ground floor.

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