Life is full of boundaries, but there’s no limit to the expression of art.

With no rules and baseline, art becomes a way for anyone to freely express their ideas. The best artwork in the world may even come from items that you least expect.

Georgo Town Penang Blue Mansion
Source: Lonely Planet

To inspire people to explore urban art, the 2nd instalment of the inaugural Urban Xchange Festival is being held at Penang’s mainland Raja Uda this year.


Organised by the Hin Bus Depot team, the community-oriented aims to expand the Penang artistic landscape by enabling cultural, artistic and social exchange through art. The festival, which saw murals painted around George Town last year, is bringing a mix of murals and art installations to Butterworth.

The most impressive art installation of all is “The Star”, a 4-storey high star-shaped multi-dimensional installation that is made out of steel cables and LED lights.

Urban Xchange in Penang The Star by Jun Hao & Ronald Lim
Source: All is Amazing

Officially launched on 7th November, the huge light installation was created by homegrown talent Ong Jun Hao. It is the centrepiece of the art festival that kicked off 31st October this year.

To complement the project, the installation was video mapped by Adomas Zudys aka AWK, a Berlin-based media artist who created a multi-layered video mapping piece called “[email protected]: The Constellations” for the Hin Bus Depot outdoor area from 1st to 5th November.

From today until 15th November (Sunday), locals and tourists alike can still explore “The Star” site from 8pm to 10pm, guided by their wonderful helpers.

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Another highlight for this year’s Urban Xchange will be the mural created by world-famous street artist Alexandre Farto from Portugal. Popularly known as Vhils during his graffiti days, the artist is creating a a portrait using his famous drilling method onto a wall of a building that used to be the very first hotel in Butterworth.

The 2-week art festival is also featuring artworks by other international artists including Twoone from Japan, Y.E.S. from Spain, Nafir from Iran, DTFD from the UK, and Daleast from China. DTFD is exhibiting his photography on Malaysians at Hin Bus Depot on Jalan Gurdwara. Local artists such as Kenji Chai and Bibichun have participated in the festival as well. 

Urban Xchange 2015 is happening from 31st October to 15th November.

For more information, visit Hin Bus Art Depot’s Facebook page or Urban Xchange’s official website and Facebook page.

Sources: The Malaysian Insider, The Star Online, The Malay Mail Online.

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