Ernest Zacharevic blames his art for turning once-quiet heritage street in Penang into ‘circus’
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Ernest Zacharevic blames his art for turning once-quiet heritage street in Penang into ‘circus’

Tourists line up to take photos with the famous Little Children on a Bicycle mural by Ernest Zacharevic at Lorong Armenian in Georgetown. — Picture by Azrol Ali GEORGE TOWN, July 2 — Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic’s iconic Children on Bicycle mural along Armenian Street had brought so much changes to the street that the artist today commented in dismay over the gentrification his art had brought while contemplating painting it over. The artist, in his Instagram post of the faded mural and the crowds waiting to pose next to it, lamented that the street was not the same as it used to be when he first moved there. “Myself and many others blame my work for Armenian Street being a centre of tourist route in Penang and honestly, I’ve been contemplating of simply painting over it in hopes to put an end to that circus,” he wrote in his long emotional post on the changes wrought on the street. “I think the time where it would make any difference has passed. You can barely see the artwork anymore but people are still lining up there,” he said. If not the Children on Bicycle mural, he said people will […]

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