Art around every corner
George Town is a delight to walk around, with its mix of wide avenues and narrow alleys lined with a jumble of buildings from different historical eras. And it's not only the charming shophouses and hand-painted tiles that make it so appealing - it's the surprise artwork that pops out at you wherever you go. In 2012, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic created six unique street murals across the capital. These thoughtful pieces made use of existing structures - peeling window frames, antique shutter doors - and often depict young children enjoying the simpler things in life: riding a bike; hopping onto a school bus. Since then, many other artists have added their marks to George Town's walls, and while they're not all as evocative as Zacharevic's original series, nostalgic street art has become one of Penang's most distinctive features. Start your art walk on Armenian Street, where you'll find arguably Zacharevic's most famous Penang piece, Little Children on a Bicycle, as well as newer pieces by other artists, including Love Me Like Your Fortune Cat, painted by the art collective ASA.