Late artist and trishaw rider honoured with container murals


‘The Trishaw Rider’ container mural by Ukrainian artist Korban is strategically placed near Prangin Mall in the heart of George Town.

THE Penang International Container Art Festival (Picaf) was launched at its second stop in Penang.

The festival which features large containers stacked up on one another, first made its debut in Balik Pulau on Jan 19, showcasing the works of local and international artists.

This time around, Ukrainian artist Sasha Korban created ‘The Trishaw Rider’ mural on a container.

Painted on the other side of the container is ‘Tribute to the late Chuah Thean Teng’ by Penang-based artist Bibichun.

Bibichun’ s creation is a Malay lady dressed in a traditional kebaya top and batik sarong, inking a batik of her self-potrait and watched by a toddler.

“The Trishaw Rider mural highlighting the living heritage elements found in George Town heritage site depicts the rider who gives a memorable tour of the heritage sites, ” said Penang tourism, arts and culture committee chairman Yeoh Soon Hin when launching the installation at the Prangin Mall site recently.

“Bibichun’s creation is a tribute to the late Chuah Thean Teng, who is the father of batik art, ” he said.

Yeoh extended his appreciation to the artists for their contribution towards the success of Picaf.

Five locations have been chosen for the various displays, namely Balik Pulau, Karpal Singh Drive in Jelutong, Prangin Mall, Batu Kawan and Butterworth on the mainland.

The festival will be hosted until end of May as part of Experience Penang 2020 and Visit Malaysia Year 2020, for locals and tourists who wish to enjoy the rich heritage, culture and diversity of George Town.

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