Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created some of Ipoh’s most stunning murals
While it’s local entrepreneurship that has come to the fore in Ipoh in recent years, the images of the city most indelibly burned into the public consciousness — through the ripple effect of social media — are the work of a thirty-something Lithuanian.
In a manner similar to enigmatic London artist Banksy, Ernest “Zach” Zacharevic’s murals revel in the synergy between art and its immediate environment, creating site-specific work that’s at once culturally resonant for locals and appealing to visitors. His images are so lifelike that they seem to grow out of the buildings on which they’re etched.
Hot off the success of his eight-part street-art project in Penang, which garnered great acclaim as part of the George Town Festival in 2012, Zacharevic’s name became a byword for creative hipster cachet: a mischievous talent finding resourceful ways to connect with everyday audiences. His Ipoh collaboration with OldTown White Coffee took six weeks to complete and has remained immensely popular since its 2014 unveiling: if you stroll down almost any street in the main tourist area, you’ll find people of all ages posing for selfies by any of Zacharevic’s seven murals, collectively known as #TheArtofOldTown.
Half an hour is all you’ll need to complete the circuit, which takes you on an alternative tour of the old town’s key streets.
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