Monday, November 11, 2013
For real 这是真的
Lithuanian-born artist Zacharevic had reportedly been invited to the city to put up his artwork, and contributed three pieces earlier this month. It attracted controversy.
The ‘contentious’ mural, dubbed ‘JB, home of Malaysia's very own Legoland’, shows Lego figures portraying an armed robber lying in wait to rob from a woman carrying a Chanel handbag. (Located at Jalan 9/1, Taman Molek, Johor Baru)
The mural reminds Johor Baru residents of the high crime rate in the city.
Many agreed this is the true situation in Johor Baru ... in fact in most of the major cites in the country.
Malaysia has been plagued by high street crime rate and the Police seemed helpless in controlling the situation.
However, the Johor Baru city council does not think so. They accused Zacharevic's artwork has tarnished the image of the city and planing to remove it.
Typical third world, dumb ass and ostrich mentality of our government officials.
"Art does not damage a city's image, crime does," rebutted Zacharevic yesterday in an email response to Malaysiakini.
(Zacharevic has done numerous well acclaimed murals in Penang.)