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31 Jul 2015

Transformers street art @ Esplanade, Penang

Penang [檳城] • 31 JULY 2015
Do you know about this film? Transformers: Age of Extinction. If you don't please go and watch its so good especially the filming scene in Hong Kong along the market streets around Ki Lung Street in the Sham Shui Po district of Kowloon ,along the Tsing Sha Highway, across the Stonecutters Bridge, northwest of Hong Kong.

The Autobots have arrived among the hi-rises of Quarry Bay, on the northeast side of Hong Kong Island beneath Mount Parker. The courtyard in which they fight is behind the Fook Cheong Building on King's Road at Quarry Bay Street. Cool!

This is the first Transformers outdoor exhibition in Penang, Malaysia. The Penang state government funded RM1.1 million for the event, which is supported by Penang Global Tourism and Penang Island City Council. Transformers , 30-foot-tall Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Chevrolet Camaro, will be officially launched in Esplanade, Penang on July 10 and will be open to the public for free for two months. The Transformers street art will be open from 19 July to 17 September 2015.

The exhibits will open from 9am to midnight on weekends and public holidays and from noon to midnight on weekdays. The Penang state government funded RM1.1 million for the event, which is supported by Penang Global Tourism and Penang Island City Council. The One Academy Penang is the creative partner.

We were wondering around the artistic row of containers and thinking to ourselves who painted it? After that we realized the street art with the Transformers characters painted on a row of containers by the students from One Academy Penang. Gave a big applause to them. 

Their design shows the iconic " Little Girls on a Bicycle" mural featuring Optimus Prime Immensely captivated, encouraging the children with a little push. They have incorporated Transformer masks to represent the joy and entertainment the world of transformer has Brought to the people of Penang no matter their age.

The reason why they use colourful theme is because that they want to make people feel that penang heritage is joyful and fun, even the transformers wanted to visit penang. Other than heritage, they added something like food in their work mainly because Penang is well-known as food haven. They also place The One Academy on the center, make it feels like it is the end of the journey for transformers. They hope people can see more about The One, but not just look at the artwork. They are trying to let them understand who created these works. Who is the magician behind the stage. 

Half boiled egg, toast and coffee - the Penangnite Breakfast in this mural , they hope to create anostalgic feeling for the people and also introduce those who are new to Penang culture. Not only it is fast, cheap and filling. Not only it is fast, cheap and filling, it is also a balance meal for all ages. Even our beloved Heroes need breakfast too!

Their mural design represent funny parts of the transformers come to Penang and experience the culture. Because they want to feel the passion and spirit of the people that live in Penang so they travel all around the Penang through riding the trishaw. Their colour mainly focus on warm colour is to enhances the feeling of vitality and happiness. Shows movemnet but is not as overpowering, aggressive but balanced. it portrays energy yet can be inviting and friendly. 

Go with your friends or family to the Esplanade to check out the gigantic display of these Transformers. If you go there at night there will be laser lights and sound effects. Quickly bring along your camera with you.

Official Launch:
Date: 10 Jul 2015 - 17 Sept 2015
Time: Mon - Fri, 12pm - 12am
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday, 9am - 12am
Venue: Esplanade, Penang
Highlights: Lights and Sound Show by Optimus Prime & Bumblebee

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