3D mural of paddy cultivation will be Alor Setar’s new attraction

I hope this artwork can bring back memories besides educating the younger generation about the hardships of farmers, says main artist

To produce this mural painting, we use waterproof and weatherproof paint to ensure durability, says Chen (pic: Bernama)

A 3D mural depicting the beauty of the paddy fields against the backdrop of Mount Jerai and how rice was cultivated in 1879 will soon become the city’s latest attraction.

The artwork themed “Alor Setar Tradisional 1879” on the wall of the old Alor Setar district police headquarters on Jalan Penjara, Alor Setar, is an initiative of the Alor Setar City Council (MBAS), aimed at beautifying the city and bringing back memories on traditional rice cultivation.

The Alor Setar Mayor Datuk Zaid Ahmad said the 37m wide painting was produced by a group of professional artists who were asked to illustrate the conditions or the rice cultivation process practised by farmers in 1879.

“Before this, the wall looked dull and mossy, so MBAS took the initiative to beautify this wall with a mural,” he told Bernama.

He said the mural painting is divided into two parts, with the first part stretching 12m showing the beauty of the paddy fields during the day with a combination of hues.

The artwork themed ‘Alor Setar Tradisional 1879’ is produced by a group of professional artists to illustrate the rice cultivation process practised by farmers in 1879 (pic: Bernama)

The second part, stretching 25m, was done in black and white depicting the situation or challenges faced by the community in 1879 to cultivate rice, including the process of planting, harvesting and ploughing using buffaloes.

Meanwhile, the main artist of the mural painting Datuk Chen Teck Ming, 55, said he and 10 other individuals started the painting on Sept 29 and would be completing it soon.

“To produce this mural painting, we use waterproof and weatherproof paint to ensure durability. I hope this artwork can bring back memories and a touch of nostalgia besides educating the younger generation about the hardships of farmers who used to grow rice and earn a living,” he said.

No stranger to murals, Chen was instrumental in producing a mural on a 27.44m wide wall with a height of 14.6m at a premise in Jalan Abdul Jalil, Taiping, Perak, which was recorded in the Malaysia Book of Records as the biggest outdoor 3D mural painting in the country, last year. — Bernama