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Island project is a public initiative by conceptual artist
Hitori Nakayama, State Art Gallery, and
Art Heritage Group
Penang Earth Group).
is to have sculptors from all over the
world will be invited to share in a dream of
turning Penang into a "Sculpture Island."
They will lend their expertise and time to
spend 1-2 months in Penang to create works
of art at designed sites.
artistic contributions, the
Penang eARTh Project would have 50 outdoor
sculptures to form an "art corridor" that would
serve as a permanent tourist attraction
to the island.
eARTh Project is spread over five years (extendable) to create
50 original sculptures at different and diverse locations on Penang
As of September
2005, eight artists from Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, and the United
States have agreed to participate in the project.In
the future, a location map of the sculptures will be created to
encourage visitors to take a sightseeing tour along the "art
corridor" throughout the island.
and souvenirs related to the sculptures will also be created.
an island abuzz with activities that attract a stream of international
and regional tourists. Some of them are attracted by the island's
cultural heritage, others visit the beaches, while others came
to participate in the many religious and cultural festivals throughout
Sculpture Island Project would enhance Penang's cultural and natural
attractions with permanent, original works of art by internationally
residencies of the artists, there would be opportunities for Penang
residents, students, and local artists for exchange and inspiration.
Moreover, the public would be encouraged to participate in the
works while they are in progress. Such opportunities would made
Penang a destination not only for tourists but art lovers.
Katsusmi Mukai visited Penang for two months to create a towering
outdoor sculpture for the Komtar landscape. He volunteered to
work in Penang to support his long-time friend, Nakayama, who
dreams of turning the "Pearl of the Orient" into a unique
island of sculptures.
the two months, Penang residents were not only welcomed to watch
the sculptor work at the foot of the KOMTAR, but they were also
invited to participate in helping Mukai to sculpt the wood. This
public participatory process has been a key to Mukai's art. Penang
Development Corporation Setia Urus Sdn Bhd has become the first
company to support the Sculpture Island Project by providing,
among others, a site to place Mukai's sculpture. Famous
for his work for the past quarter of a century, Mukai's works
could be found in Japan, Korea, France, Germany, and the United
© 2006 Lestari
A project by
Lestari Heritage Network
incorporating the Asia & West Pacific Network for
Urban Conservation (AWPNUC)
Designed by Adrian Cheah, Neo Sentuhan Sdn Bhd