Timothy Tye
Tang Mun Kian George Town Caricature Sculptures


The George Town Caricature Sculptures of Tang Mun Kian adorn many street corners and strategic locations all over George Town, Penang. It is part of a project known as Marking George Town that was initiated by the Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) to celebrate the history and heritage of the city. The concept proposed by Sculptureatwork Studio, which tossed out a dry telling of history for a wittier take on George Town, won the hearts of the judges. This has succeeded in attracting the attention of street users, both visitors and locals.

The artist, designer and cartoonist behind these wire sculptures is Tang Mun Kian. A graduate of the Malaysian Institute of Art, he dabbled as an advertising art director for a decade in Singapore before moving his base to Kuala Lumpur.

Tang Mun Kian, the cartoonist behind most of the sculptures of Marking George TownTang Mun Kian, the cartoonist behind most of the sculptures of Marking George Town
Author: © Tang Mun Kian

Mun Kian, whose significant other comes from Penang, has at time of writing (July 2012) fourteen of the twenty-four sculptures being installed all over town. More are on the way and will be highlighted here when installed. The following is a list of those already on display in the streets.

"Born Novelist" Sculpture

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Location: Lumut Lane

"Cannon Hole" Sculpture

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Location: Cannon Street

"Cheating Husband" Sculpture

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Location: Love Lane

"Chingay Procession" Sculpture

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Location: Prangin Road Ghaut

"Double Role" Sculpture

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Location: Chulia Street Ghaut

"Duck" Sculpture

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Location: Che Em Lane

"Escape" Sculpture

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Location: Acheen Street

"High Counter" Sculpture

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Location: Queen Street

"High Counter" Sculpture

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Location: Carnarvon Street

"Kandar" Sculpture

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Location: Ah Quee Street

"Kopi-O" Sculpture

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Location: Kimberley Street

"Labourer to Trader" Sculpture

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Location: Chowrasta Market

"Limousine" Sculpture

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Location: Carnarvon Lane

"Mahjong Bird" Sculpture

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Location: Stewart Lane

"Mr Five Foot Way" Sculpture

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Location: Transfer Road

"No Plastic Bag" Sculpture

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Location: Prangin Lane

"One Leg Kicks All" Sculpture

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Location: Muntri Street

"Procession" Sculpture

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Location: Armenian Street

"Kandar" Sculpture

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Location: Chulia Street

"Roti Benggali" Sculpture

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Location: King Street

"Same Taste Same Look" Sculpture

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Location: Cintra Street

"Shorn Hair" Sculpture

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Location: Sungai Ujong Road

"Then & Now" Sculpture

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Location: Armenian Street

"Tok Tok Mee" Sculpture

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Location: China Street

"Too Narrow" Sculpture

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Location: Soo Hong Lane

"Too Salty" Sculpture

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Location: Green Hall

"Untrained Parakeet" Sculpture

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Location: King Street

"Wrong Tree" Sculpture

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Location: Market Lane

"Trishaw Paddler" Sculpture

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Location: Chulia Lane

Marking George Town Street Art


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