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, Penang (30 June, 2012)
House 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 mural (30 June, 2012)
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)
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 recognition (12 April, 2013)
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