Laman Seni 7 – Not Your Average #lorongbelakang
Taking a quick break from my China travelogue to blog about the new hipster hotspot in KL! 😛
Most KL-ites (or tourists, for that matter) will probably only be able to point out the eclectic riverside wall you can see from the Masjid Jamek LRT station if asked about street art in KL, or perhaps Bangsar, where graffiti pieces of varying complexity can be found sporadically amongst the Telawi streets.
Gotta say though, the art scene here has definitely seen a welcome boost ever since Ernest Zacharevic put Penang on the map with his quirky murals. I’m no art snob for sure – but everybody can appreciate a good bit of street art, so I was pretty excited to hear about Laman Seni 7 (Art Site 7), a new art site in the alleys of Shah Alam!
A collaboration between the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), Bank Muamalat and UiTM students, Laman Seni 7 is the “sequel” to a similar art project last year, Laman Seni 2 (which I somehow totally missed). It’s part of the MBSA’s efforts to run a “clean zone programme”, and challenge the notion of back alleys as dirty, dingy areas by developing them into tourist attractions.
Laman Seni 7 is pretty easy to get to – just search for “Jalan Plumbum Q7” on your Waze or Google Maps, and it should take you right up to a relatively quiet (for now perhaps?) road lined with shops on both sides. The Laman Seni 7 alley is right behind the row of shops, and you should be able to spot any one of several entry points to the back alley without any problems.
To call it an “alley” would be a little unfair – this #lorongbelakang is actually pleasantly spacious!
There are quite a number of art pieces here, ranging from the whimsical to the cheeky, and to the contemplative, or just downright impressively intricate.
Toilets not actually included – go before you go.
Never occurred to me until I left that this Snakes & Ladders board might actually be functional – bring along a dice and let me know if it is! 😛
See what I mean by intricate? I’ve always had the greatest respect for artistic types – being able to create something out of nothing always seemed like just a step short of magic for me.
One of my favourite little touches is the piece on the left; if the sun’s in hiding or the lighting is even when you happen to see the piece, it’s just a pretty cluster of spores. But if you happen to visit when the light is just right, you won’t be able to miss the handprint to the bottom right of the spore cluster, which happens to be the artist’s signature 😀
As you’ve probably gathered by now, it’s a great place for your requisite “hey look where I am” photo ops, so most importantly: remember to bring some friends along for your silly photo quota!
Entrance to the art site is free and it’s open at all times (duh, it’s an alley), so do check it out soon! For more info, check out this writeup by Hype Malaysia. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for this art project 😀