Monday, March 2, 2020

Massive Mural in Old Klang Road, KL

Nine months to paint an entire multi-storey KL building by himself – above are the pictures I took today 

The before-and-after photo of Fadzlan's Tree Of Hope mural at Indah UPC   a stone's throw from 3rd Mile Square  in Old Klang Road, Kuala Lumpur. Image credit: Dipapansembilan Studio 

Sometimes, you have to do something bold to get noticed. 

Fadzlan Rizan Johani knows it only too well because it really was a “before-and-after” photo that made people sit up and notice his work. 

There’s a massive mural on the Indah UPC’s facade, all lush and green with hornbills and owls peeking through wildflowers, oil palms and ferns – although not easy to spot them amongst the painted foliage. 

I read that the artwork was based on a palm oil plantation and its flora and fauna. 

The freelance design architect (left), who also teaches part-time at UiTM’s school of architecture. 

Fadzlan, 40, had spent nine months (May 2019 to January 2020) working on this mural, with occasional progress updates on social media. So the last thing he expected when he posted a photo to commemorate the completion of the project, was for it to catch the attention of so many people. 

He explained his work: “To me, the oil palm represents the struggle of people who strive to provide a better life for themselves and their families. In a similar spirit, the mural provides a sense of hope for run-down buildings. It may not be the greatest artwork compared to that of prominent artists, but the hidden message is a father’s hardship ... that the impossible is achievable if you put your heart to it”.

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