VIBRANT-coloured kolam in creative designs are taking centre stage in various shopping centres in the Klang Valley for the Festival of Lights.
Visitors can expect to see works of art at the concourse of malls as shopping centres are keen to welcome Deepavali with decorative works symbolic of the festival.
Decorations and Instagrammable decor featuring lanterns hanging from the roof, floral patterns on floors, purpose-built arches and figurines are among articles of attraction at various malls.
These decorations inject liveliness in the environment while conveying a message of hope to shoppers amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Feast your eyes on the floral additions at the Spanish Steps of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur as the stairs leading up to the mall’s Centre Court unveil a magnificent peacock decked with light embellishments and a bright peacock-inspired kolam.
The kolam’s intricate patterns represent a multiracial and harmonious Malaysia, while the giant peacock symbolises beauty and elegance.
After taking snapshots of the giant bird, shoppers can while their time away at the pop-up Indian Bazaar by Khazanah presenting a variety of merchandise.
Across the road from Pavilion is Fahrenheit88 where a “Bling Bling Deepavali” awaits.
The nine intricate kolam at the main entrance lobby are designed by Niuniu’s Gallery artist and founder Vivian Ng.
Instead of rice to adorn the kolam, Ng’s designs feature colourful spray paint in a round canvas in an expression of originality, warmth, strength and generosity as well as in wishing luck to all Malaysians.
At Suria KLCC, the main entrances are decorated with beautiful tiered kolam while multi-coloured hangings are obvious at the Centre Court, Ampang Mall and Ramlee Mall.
“While many places in Klang Valley are still under the conditional movement control order (MCO), this does not stop us from providing shoppers a welcome relief under such challenging circumstances, ” said Suria KLCC Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Andrew Brien.
Meanwhile, a blooming lotus flower outside MyTown Kuala Lumpur represents an expression of courage and optimism.
Shoppers can appreciate the glowing lotus in full bloom at the East Entrance while floral kolam designs surround a lotus gazebo inside the mall.
“Like the lotus that blooms beautifully despite environmental challenges, our wish for Deepavali shoppers during such unprecedented times is for all Malaysians to be positive and brave in facing adversities, ” said MyTown Kuala Lumpur centre manager Mohd Azhan Che Mat.
Berjaya Times Square Kuala Lumpur’s Deepavali kolam takes a modern twist as it incorporates digital LED lights made from foam board and robust-coloured rice grains to create a stunning display at the main entrance.
The “Celebrating Deepavali with Colours” theme in Mid Valley Megamall captivates the eyes as the festive spirit comes alive through dazzling art of acrylic jewels and light-studded kolam at the South Court.
Decorative lanterns made from vibrant saree material and floral garlands hang above the kolam.
It is a “Vivid Diwali” theme at Intermark Mall where a lotus-inspired kolam at its Ground Atrium is surrounded by auspicious elephant figurines.
The kolam is the central theme to Sunway Malls’ Deepavali this year.
Sunway Velocity Mall and Sunway Putra Mall in Kuala Lumpur have each placed a peacock statue with a kolam to symbolise beauty, luck and prosperity.
Sunway Velocity features a traditional peacock design while the bird at Sunway Putra Mall is encased in flowers.
Over in Petaling Jaya, Sunway Pyramid has focused on fresh flowers and giant statues at its Deepavali garden.
Lighted lanterns complement the kolam garden, brightening the mall ambience at the ground floor.
Meanwhile, 1Utama shopping centre is ushering in the Festival
of Lights with a stunning and vibrant kolam display surrounded by floral pillars shaped like
Visitors can also check out six booths selling myriad fashion accessories, traditional wear and skincare products as well as a range of delightful snacks such as putu mayam, kacang putih and cookies.
Central i-City in Klang is giving prominence to elephants this festive season.
Its elephant-inspired kolam and decorations feature different figurines to depict the characteristics of the animal that travels in a herd.
The mall, in conceptualising the design, is keen to remind shoppers that the pandemic can be overcome if all of us do our part.
The management of eCurve and The Curve is keeping their Deepavali festivities simple with a traditional artistically-designed kolam at the entrance to greet customers.
The elephant is also an attraction at Atria Shopping Gallery.
A unique kolam and an elephant with colourful garlands beckon visitors at the mall’s North Court.
The brown elephant, originally named “Cik Coklat”, was one of the mascots for the mall’s “Speak Up –- There’s an Elephant in the Room” campaign that conceptualised the need to create greater public awareness and to encourage
conversations to support patients and families with life-limiting illnesses such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
As a beacon of comfort for those in need, the elephant is a symbolic reminder to visitors on taking the initiative to engage and create meaningful relationships with others.
The connection between “Cik Coklat” the elephant and the Deepavali celebration is timely as it symbolises the elephant-faced deity Lord Ganesha.
In Subang Jaya, Da Men Mall celebrates Deepavali with its “Light of Rangoli”, presenting colourful and illuminating decor with a kolam (also known as rangoli) combined with traditional flower garlands and lighted candles at its main entrance.