When you think of Borneo, you probably picture an island of rugged wilderness. A land of rainforest and home to the endangered orangutans. And while Kuching, one of the largest cities in Borneo, is definitely Bornean in style, with its laid-back, riverside ambiance, it also offers up some surprises. In particular, it contains a large amount of vibrant street art for such a small city.
Probably the city’s oldest examples of street art are the sculptures of cats on roundabouts. They celebrate the similarity of the city’s name to the Malay word for cat. (Accounts differ, though, on whether the city was actually named after the word.)
But there’s also plenty of murals on the city’s walls. In particular there’s many works along the laneway beneath Lebuh Wayang. Another standout is the trio of vibrant artworks commissioned as part of the #tanahairku Street Art project by Petronas. They were commissioned as part of the 2015 celebrations for Malaysia’s National Day.
So here are some of my favourite Kuching street art works….
The #tanahairku Works
Along Lebuh Wayang
Elsewhere in Kuching
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