"Children in a Boat" Mural, Chew Jetty

Children in a Boat (GPS: 5.41205, 100.3405) is a mural painted on the wall of the stilt-house belong to my friend Chew Sie Pheng's family, in Chew Jetty, George Town. It was painted by London-trained Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic in conjunction with the 2012 George Town Festival. The mural depicts two children, a boy and a girl, playing on a berthed sampan by the shore, with a pet cat.

Children in a Boat Mural, Chew Jetty, George Town, PenangChildren in a Boat Mural, Chew Jetty, George Town, Penang (30 June, 2012)

House where mural was paintedHouse where mural was painted (30 June, 2012)

Below is the photograph that inspired the mural. Looking at it, I realize that the children are not locals (something which may have escaped the common visitor). It would have been better if a scene on any of the beaches in Penang is depicted.

The original photo that inspired the muralThe original photo that inspired the mural (30 June, 2012)

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The Making of "Children in a Boat"

As part of the preparation for this mural, a overhanging platform was erected at the base for Zacharevic to stand on. The photograph is then projected onto the wall for the artist to trace over. The result is a mirror image to the actual shot. (See the work in progress in the Chew Jetty Facebook page)

Spectators to an artwork in progess - Ernest Zacharevic at Chew JettySpectators to an artwork in progess - Ernest Zacharevic at Chew Jetty
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Materializing art at Chew JettyMaterializing art at Chew Jetty
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12 April, 2013: Less than a year after the "Children in a Boat" mural was completed, it had already peeled beyond recognition. Unfortunately the location above the waterline makes the mural extremely vulnerable to weathering.

Children in a Boat mural, weathered beyond recognitionChildren in a Boat mural, weathered beyond recognition (12 April, 2013)

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