There is much street art in Ipoh, but Mr Fitness, a native of Ipoh, said, “Weather very hot leh. Just go for the branded ones lah, the ones by Ernest Zacharevic.” Sorry, local Ipoh artists. If you find the name Ernest Zacharevic familiar, it’s because he is also the one who did Penang’s street art.
I’ve planned the walk so that you can walk from #1 to #7 without repeating the roads, seeing most of Ipoh’s Old Town. In the information below, I’ve included the street address, and the more-accurate coordinates. Just key in the coordinates in google map app on your smartphones.
1. OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP
1-19, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Ipoh 30000
This piece of street art is behind an Old Town White Coffee outlet and has caused some controversy. The old man looks like a prominent communist party leader, and the government was unhappy. But Ernest Zacharevic clarified that it was an old man he found, and the old man came out to show his face.
2. PAPER PLANE
Jalan Sheikh Adam, 30000 Ipoh
This is just a street away from OLD UNCLE WITH COFFEE CUP (#1). It’s a lovely piece of street art, depicting the innocence of childhood.
78, Jalan Bandar Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
A great interactive piece.
Jalan Panglima, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
There used to be a real tree beside the hummingbird, which would make sense and would be playful. But they chopped the tree down to make space for a parking lot.
Jalan Tun Sambathan, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
How long would you take to finish these 5 packets? According to Mr Fitness, Ipoh native, he says Ipoh people don’t drink their coffee this way. This is KL’s way of drinking coffee.
Jalan Bijeh Timah, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
This is serious art, not as playful or bittersweet as the rest. It mimics the style of a Chinese ink painting, showing a tin mine. Ipoh began as a tin mining location–this fact is included in Singapore’s Secondary 2 history–hence the title of this art piece “Evolution.” Now the tin is gone, but the mining has created beautiful limestone lakes.
Jalan Shala, 30000 Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
This piece is slightly further away from the rest of the street art, further highlighting the isolation, suffering, and hardship of the garung guni man.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.