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Interactive Street Art

Updated on November 17, 2016

What is interactive street art

I am sure you have heard of street art. But interactive street art? Interactive street art is basically street art where the public can “interact” with the art. Street art can loosely be translated as any art that is drawn or painted along street area, especially on external walls of street buildings or on the street itself, where the general public can view it This brings us to the term “public art”. I would say all street art is public art, but not all public art is street art in the sense that public art may not necessarily be along the street. Generally I think there isn’t much difference between street art and public art. They can both be used to convey the same message.

Interactive street art by Ernest Zacharevic

Recently in Penang, Malaysia, a young Lithuania-born street artist has made his presence felt and known to the local people. He is a street artist with an added touch. He created interesting artwork depicting the local scene, and encouraged people to “interact” with them, and to send the photos to his Facebook. His name is Ernest Zacharevic.

The recent street art project in the World Heritage Town of George Town, Penang was part of the program of the George Town Festival 2012. Penang is a beautiful historical island northwest of Malaysia, just below Thailand. You can read more about the island of Penang in one of my articles HERE.

Art is not meant to be descriptive in words. So I shall make this introduction short. Now you interact with the art of Ernest Zacharevic.

The four photos of the trishaw belong to my web-master friend. My thanks to Tim for his gracious consent to publish them here.

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Ernest Zacharevic

Ernest Zacharevic in action

These 2 newly painted street art were reportedly done by local artist Louis Gan, who is deaf-mute

Ernest Zacharevic paints Penang

Ernest Zacharevic's Mirrors George Town, Penang


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      Karen Shiley 5 years ago from Washington

      I had never heard of interactive street art before reading your article. I would love to see some of this in our city. Thank you for writing such an interesting and informitive article.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Dave,

      Please, Please!!

      Looking forward to meet you!

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      duriandave 5 years ago

      Thanks Justin! Not sure if I can make the trip next year, but if I do I'll definitely get in touch.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Dave,

      Hope I have the honor to meet you in person in Penang.

      And thank you personally for giving me so much priceless info that have enriched my life. The durians will be on me when I meet you. Remember, durian season only starts in April.

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      duriandave 5 years ago

      Very cool! Yet another reason to visit Penang. :D

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      JCielo 5 years ago from England

      The works shown are astonishing, imho. And in terms of interaction I just love the one with the guy 'pinching' the child's ear! Voted up and awesome.

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      Justin Choo 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi carol7777 ,

      Yes we never stop learning new things. Many articles I wrote were new to me too. That's why I am sharing knowledge here.

      Thanks for reading/viewing and commenting.

      You have a happy day.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      Loved this hub...So creative. The pictures are amazing. First I heard of interactive street art. There is always something new to learn in life. Voted UP.