Performers Kueh Ying Xian dressed as Streetfighter Chun Li and Superwoman Chua Hui Sine in front of Saving Fire, a mural depicting a house on fire. — Photos by YAP CHEE HONG
THREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) art and street murals are making a mark in the local art scene.
These unique art pieces play with angles and senses of space to create 3D-like effects that seem to pop out at viewers. Some also incorporate real-life props for a more interactive experience.
With the launch of the new Artsphere 20/8ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan, the public will get to experience these colourful and vibrant murals for themselves.
The Atmosphere is a newly launched space with retail lots, cafes, restaurants and banks, and is a joint venture between Eksons Corporation Sdn Bhd and Tempo Properties Sdn Bhd.
With an emphasis on art, culture and lifestyle, the Artsphere 20/8ty features 80 quirky and attractive works by 20 talented artists.
Speaking at the launch recently, Tempo Properties chief executive officer Khoo Boo Hian said the idea behind the project was to showcase art that was unique, interactive and can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
“The team at Atmosphere has always been passionate toward the arts. Even when conceptualising the idea for the place, we incorporated many art and visual elements into the building,” said Khoo.
“This project is to show our support for the art scene and produce art that everyone can enjoy,” he said.
The diverse murals range from large ones painted across the floor — such as the Staircase by artist Angel Ng — to artworks that come with props, such as the Mini Car by Anokayer, which sees half of a car protruding out from a wall.
Lead artist Haze Long said the murals took four weeks to complete.
“It wasn’t an easy task. We proposed 200 mock-ups alone during the planning process. We also had to brave the rainy November weather to complete the murals on time,” said Long.
“We are proud as we want local artists to be in the forefront of the art industry and to showcase something new and original,” she added.
A big crowd turned up for the launch, with visitors snapping away at the murals and interacting with the various props.
Operations executive Simon Har, 22, said some of the props make the pieces look more realistic.
“There’s something to interact with, so it’s fun,” said Har, who said that this was his first time seeing the concept.
Consultant Anfaal Ridhuan said it was a lot of fun, as visitors get to ‘play’ with the murals.
She added that families with children would enjoy them.
“I like the ones with the ladders,” she said, pointing to a piece by artist Mono, which features a ladder propped against a mural titled Boy in a Treehouse.
“I have seen some street art in places such as Penang, but this 3D concept is something new in the Klang Valley, as far as I know,” said the 27-year old, who was at the event with friends.
Artsphere 20/8ty@The Atmosphere is located at 1-3, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 2, Taman Prima Tropika, Seri Kembangan (next to Giant Seri Kembangan).
It is open to the public and admission is free.