People from Petaling Jaya would flock to the streets of George Town and Jonker Street to look at the beautiful art painted on the walls; however, now they need not go so far because the back alleys of SS2 has been transformed into their next Instagram-worthy spot!
The ‘Bestnya Malaysiaku‘ wall art competition is a joint effort between Damansara Utama assemblyman Yeo Bee Yin‘s office and Lee Suet Sen, Petaling Jaya City Counsellor (MBPJ) for SS2. The competition actually started last year in October whereby participants are required to submit an online form with the details of their concepts, preferred walls, materials needed, etc.
Out of the 109 submissions, 22 finalists were selected and they had a maximum of 8 days to complete their works.
However, the painting was delayed due to the rainy season. Then some shop owners decided to pull out from having the murals next to their shops, the number of murals were reduced.
Fast forward to today, with the hard work of these students and freelance illustrators, nine murals can be found in SS2/61, SS2/63, SS2/64, and SS2/66, and SS2/67.
1) “Forgiveness” by The Two Queens
2) “Singing In The Rain”
By Studio Selipar at Restoran Chan Meng Kee, Jln SS2/66.
3) “Suara Anak Malaysia”
By Happy Human at Zen Spa, Jln SS2/64.
4) “Lat Tali Tamplon”
By Ceghito at Focus Point, Jln SS2/67.
5) “Stay Under The Roof”
6) “Bestnya Malaysiaku”
By N4 at SS World Wellness, Jln SS2/67.
7) “Memories of Anak Malaysia”
By Gila-Gila at Hospital Seapark Bersalin, Jln SS2/63.
8) “Kedai Gunting Rambut Lyla”
By Lyla at Restoran Ipoh Sedap, Jln SS2/63.
9) “Fantasy Malaysia”
By DE 90’s at Yi Yin Jewellers, SS2/61.
Yeo Bee Yin told SAYS that this project is their first step in the initiative to uplift the SS2 commercial center. “Arts has the magic to bring greater awareness among different stakeholders to take care of their surroundings. Local artists in Malaysia are talented and they are invaluable asset to the society. We hope to provide more platforms for them to contribute tangibly to the community,” she said.
And thanks to SAYS, we have a very helpful map to hunt these murals down for our next perfect Instagram picture!
So go ahead, grab your selfie buddies and photographer friends and head over to SS2! You can also watch how these murals came to life here: