Street art isn’t an obscure concept, with cities across the world sporting their own spots that have received the creative touch of talented artists who use everything from buildings to sidewalks as their canvas. When done tastefully and with the right permissions, these places become people magnets. They serve as great backgrounds for some interesting pictures! Here are a few street art places in Selangor that are surely worth a visit.
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Laman Seni 2, Seksyen 2 Shah Alam
With a ‘back to school’ theme, Laman Seni 2 features not only the painting of a school bus, students and other education-related artwork, but a veritable classroom on the wall. Wooden desks and chairs, set up to look as they would in a classroom, have been perpendicularly affixed to a wall of a building here!
This area has been dubbed as the starting point of street art in Shah Alam, which later spread to other places, including Laman Seni 7.
Laman Seni 7, Seksyen 7 Shah Alam
An initiative of the Shah Alam City Council, this location near i-City takes after Laman Seni 2. It incorporates street furniture, 3D installations and 2D drawings to create clever visual illusions.
With ‘Shah Alam Community’, ‘Tourist Attraction’ and ‘Green Concept among its key themes, the project has breathed vibrant life into the back lanes they are on!
Safari Jejak Warisan, Klang
Located in old Klang town, this area is where you can find numerous Indian shops dealing in various items, from traditional clothing to knick-knacks. You can also spot the murals of animals and wildlife that go with a ‘safari’ theme along the back alleys!
Officiated by Housing and Local Government Ministry Chief Secretary Datuk Zainal Abidin Abu Hassan on 5 June 2020, the detailed creature depictions come pretty close to looking exactly like their real-life muses.
Sasaran Art Park, Kuala Selangor
The Sasaran Art Organization has been organising an art festival every three years for the past 12 years, with the intention of drumming up street art exposure and acceptance. On this site, visitors can take in artwork on the outdoor and indoor walls, with a spectrum of themes and styles on offer!
There is also the two-storey Kuala Selangor Sasaran Art Gallery here, established with the support of the Selangor State Government and the venue for local and international art exhibitions and festivals.
Mural at Backlane, Puchong
Just over a hundred final-year students from the One Academy, Subang Jaya, took almost a week to cover the walls of old buildings along Jalan Kenari 5 with a variety of murals. Their artistic expressions centre on everyday Malaysian life and the rich culture of the country!
It takes just a cursory scan of the artworks to glean a glowing sense of Malaysian identity, with familiar elements of the nation prominently on display.
(Images courtesy of Tourism Selangor)