LRT station turns into art gallery

KUALA LUMPUR: Commuters at the Masjid Jamek LRT station no longer need to contend with bare grey walls while they make their way to their destinations as the walls are now adorned with art created on Samsung Galaxy Note smartphones.

Called the Gallery Note to suggest the level of creativity that can be achieved with the Galaxy Note, the station’s interior and exterior walls are now home to 29 art pieces.

Organised in conjunction with outdoor advertising agency, Big Tree Media and Syarikat Prasarana Negara Bhd, the art exhibit will be on display for 12 months.

Prasarana group managing director, Datuk Shahril Mokhtar said one of the reasons for adorning the walls of the Masjid Jamek LRT station with digital art is to highlight the public-transport-taking culture of Malaysians.

“Every person who uses public transport has a story and that’s what we are trying to portray in the art pieces,” he said.

Many of the art pieces on display at the station seem to convey what goes on in the commuters’ minds as they head to their respective destinations. One of the pieces displayed on the sides of a staircase show the thoughts of commuters while another on a higher wall shows a line of individuals.

“With these pieces, we are trying to portray what goes on in a commuters minds as well as reminding passengers to queue up when taking the train,” Shahril said.

He added that there is a possibility that the “art gallery” may be made a permanent fixture for other artists to display their work.

Another Gallery Note can be found at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre Vortex tunnel, which connects the Suria KLCC shopping mall to the KL Convention Centre and Aquaria.

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