Little Children on a Bicycle (GPS: 5.41468, 100.33823) is a mural on the wall of a shophouse on Armenian Street, George Town. It is one of the two murals along that street painted by London-trained artist Ernest Zacharevic, in conjunction with the 2012 George Town Festival. It depicts a little girl taking her younger brother on a bicycle ride. The joy in their faces echoes down the street, providing a ray of cheer and adding character to Armenian Street.
Little Children on a Bicycle Mural, Armenian Street, George Town, Penang (30 June, 2012)
Ever since the mural was completed, it has drawn visitors in increasing numbers to stop over and take shots with them. People are coming up with creative poses, as examplified by the artist himself.
6 February, 2016: The Star reports that Ernest Zacharevic has done a touch up to repair this mural. The touched up version (right) is slightly more detailed than the original (left). Before and After, which do you like better?
Little Children On A Bicycle - Before & After (30 June, 2012/9 February, 2016)
4 September, 2013: The mural sustained another defacement when vandal wrote the word "nonsence" [sic] above it. This was highlighted in the newspaper.
10 August, 2013: Over a year after the Little Children on a Bicycle mural was done, it remains extremely popular with both locals and visitors, that long queues form just to take photos with it.
Queue at Little Children on a Bicycle mural (10 August, 2013)
26 August, 2012: Two siblings Tan Jia Hang, 20, and his sister Tan Jia Shin, 19, were each given RM300 as a token of appreciation for cleaning up the Little Children on a Bicycle mural, which was defaced.
24 August, 2012: Vandalism reared its ugly head when the Little Children on a Bicycle mural was defaced by what appearede to be yellow paint. This however was later discovered to be wax and good samaritans went to work repairing it.
Location of Little Children On A Bicycle Mural on the map
"Gin1na4 ceh33 Kha3chia1" si33 Ernest Zacharevic-eh3 te33-it1 chut1mia2-eh3 piak1 tor3wa33 ti1 George Town. Cit1-leh1 tor3wa33 2012-ni2 haeh33 khi4 lai2 hor33 George Town Festival eh2. 2012-ni2-eh3 George Town Festival koay3 liau4, ta3pi1 lang3 kokh1 si33 lai3 khnua3 cit1-leh1 piak1 tor3wa33.
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"Little Children on a Bicycle" is the most famous mural by Ernest Zacharevic in George Town. This artwork was put up in 2012 for the George Town Festival. Although the 2012 George Town Festival is over, people still go to visit the mural.
The Little Children on a Bicycle mural is on a wall in Armenian Street. This street is within the George Town World Heritage Site.
As with some of the other works by Zacharevic, Little Children on a Bicycle combines mural painting with real props, in this case, an old bicycle, to create a three-dimensional rendition. The artist works from actual photographs.
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