Stroke patient, family featured on mural wall


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  • Thursday, 11 Oct 2018

Painting her inspiration:?Volchkovapainting the mural inspired by ?Oon on the side wall of the Penang Island City Council ?flat in Batu Lancang.

GEORGE TOWN: Another inspiring mural by Julia Volchkova has gone up on the island.

This time it graces the walls of a Penang Island City Council (MPPP) flat in Batu Lancang, near the public market.

The mural, which occupies the side of the flat, was inspired by the Russian artist’s meeting with the struggling young family of a stroke patient.

William Oon, 35, the father of two girls, became paralysed after suffering a stroke in October last year.

Touched and inspired by the story of Oon, Volchkova decided to paint a mural of his family as a message to encourage people to always be friendly to each other and to help those in need.

Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong, who was present to inspect the site of the mural before the painting work started on Friday night, complimented Volchkova on her gesture.

“We know she has been looking for inspirations, so I suggested the family to her.

“To my surprise, she was touched by their situation and wanted to paint a mural to inspire others.

“The new mural is a good place to start for Batu Lancang as we have plans to invite local artists to paint even more murals here in the future.

“We might also establish another art trail here to attract tourists.

“This will help boost local business here,” he said.

Volchkova is noted for being the artist behind the popular Indian Boatman and Little Boy murals in Stewart Lane and Sia Boey here, apart from three other giant murals in Balik Pulau.


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