Giant murals will soon cover the back lanes of Kuala Lumpur.
According to The Sun, Kuala Lumpur will be transformed into a street art capital and mural paintings of various concepts will color the back lanes of the city.
The city is following the footsteps of other major cities around the world by leveraging on local artists to beautify its streets in a bid to make the city more captivating.
Similar murals in Melbourne, Australia, have become a world attraction.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is now looking into the design and the technical aspects of the matter and have successfully carried out these projects in Lorong Sultan and Lorong Petaling, which are near Pasar Karat, Petaling Street or ‘Chinatown’ and streets in Bukit Bintang.
According to DBKL, the transformation would also increase the rental value of shop lots in these areas by up to 40 percent, as well as create employment and business opportunities.
DBKL also wants the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market to be given a new lease on life with mural paintings, to become a tourist attraction, like the Queen Victoria Market, in Melbourne, Australia.
The murals at Lorong Petaling, is expected to be highly Instagrammable similar to those of Penang’s street art.
In 2012, Penang’s municipal council hired London-trained Lithuanian artist, Ernest Zacharevic, to breathe new life into some of the Chinese shop-houses around the inner city. The project was a success with Zacharevic turning certain areas into thriving tourist destinations and is also a hit among locals.
His most famous and popular mural in Penang is the “Kids On A Bicycle” on Lebuh Armenian and has become a major tourist attraction, often seen with many people waiting in line, to take a photo or selfie with it.