DBKU open for applications to do graffiti art around the city
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
IT TOOK APPROXIMATELY TWO MONTHS under the hot sun and rainy skies for two groups of dedicated artists to finish the eye-catching graffiti art spread across 120 metres of wall at Jalan Budaya.
The artwork was done by talented local artists – House of Youth and 9Lives – as commissioned by the Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) to beautify the city streets.
Beautifully done, the project is in line with DBKU’s five year plan starting from 2013 to 2017 through the Clean, Beautiful and Safe (CBS) Enforcement Plan to turn the city into a vibrant and beautiful place.
Currently, DBKU wants young talented artists to apply to them to create their own graffiti art.
“We would like to see youth volunteers as I am sure there are a lot of creative and artistic youths out there who would like to see their artwork on display. We have identified a few sites and we would like to see more youth coming out to volunteer,” said a representative from DBKU when met at Jalan Budaya on May 15 together with artists Rosmaini Jemaan and Farhani Junaidi.
They were restoring the last vandalised bit of artwork that was spray-painted over in crude comments soon after it was completed in mid-January.
“The wall is actually divided into two sections, where one part is by House of Youths while the other part is by 9Lives. If you see, our work (House of Youth) is more into aquatic animals,” said Rosmaini.
She is one of the five-member House of Youth art group together with Mohd Aiqal Mohd Saifullah, Aqil Danial Chong Mohd Saifullah, Raymond and Azlan Shah Abdul Halim.
9Lives has seven members, Amir Lufti, Rafeah Hazami Afdzalillah, Husni Zuhairin Sarbini, Farhani Junaidi, Hamzah Amin, Sonia Luchong Wan and Dewi Emilia Iskandar.
The street art project which began mid-December and ended mid-January has received a lot of praise from various people.
“This is an attraction. When they did this, the number of tourists that stopped and admired their work was amazing especially those backpackers and we even had wedding couples taking photos here. The response, I would say is encouraging,” added a DBKU representative.
“As part of the plan, we would like to add on the vibrancy of the city,” said a representative of DBKU who is also the coordinator for the street art project.
When asked what security measure taken by DBKU to help curb vandalism around the area, the representative also added that more lightning will be added and they will also have more security squad patrolling the area.
For Rosmaini, House of Youth is trying to get permission forms from DBKU to start on a new project which involves a 3D artwork piece at the Satok Suspension Bridge.
Those who are interested in making a mark on Kuching city through their own sanctioned street art can call 082 446688 ext 130/131 for more information while those who wish to report vandalism on DBKU property may call 082 446644.