Mural is icing on the cendol


VISITORS making a beeline for the Penang Road Famous Teochew Chendul in Lebuh Keng Kwee will soon have plenty of photo opportunities near a wall adjacent to the stall as they wait in line for the irresistible sweet dessert.

Like other street murals that Penang is famous for, the latest artwork by Canadian street artist Emmanuel Jarus will be no exception as street art lovers and tourists will find themselves snapping away once the artwork is completed.

A check by The Star showed that some people have already started taking pictures of the mural, as Jarus worked on it using a scissor lift which attracted much attention.

Jarus, 25, said he returned to Penang early this month to visit some friends and started working on the mural three days ago.

He said this time, the mural measuring nearly 10m in height and around 6m in width, depicted a 16-year-old boy who grew up in Penang.

The boy in the painting is also depicted to be enjoying a bowl of cendol in his hands, making the mural a perfect fit in an area where local and foreign visitors throng for the famous dessert.

There is also another Teochew cendol stall located along the small street right across the wall where the mural is painted on.

A crowd queuing up to savour the cendol in Lebuh Keng Kwee off Penang Road. Beside the stall is the scissor lift used by Jarus (inset) to paint the mural of a boy eating cendol. (Below) Jarus (wearing cap) working on the mural.–Photos: GOH GAIK LEE/The Star
Jarus (wearing cap) working on the mural. –Photos: GOH GAIK LEE /The Star

Jarus revealed that the boy in his mural is named Andersen. He met the boy in the heritage area of George Town during his trip in November last year.

“He was with me during my first visit to this iconic cendol place.

“He brought me here and I took a photo of him eating the cendol before deciding that he would be suitable mural subject based on the photograph.

“I started painting three days ago, and so far, I’ve been working in the night when there are fewer people here,” he said in an interview, adding that the mural would be completed by tomorrow.

Jarus was also responsible for the 15.24m- high and 7.62m-wide mural on a facade of the 1st Avenue Mall in Magazine Road here.

“That piece painted in November last year remains the biggest mural in Penang that I’ve painted so far.,” he added.

A crowd queuing up to savour the cendol in Lebuh Keng Kwee off Penang Road. Beside the stall is the scissor lift used by Jarus (inset) to paint the mural of a boy eating cendol.