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Jakarta Post

Surakarta’s instant mural exhibition

Thu, December 20, 2018   /   04:14 pm
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    High five: Locals greet each other at a mural near Jl. Gatot Subroto in Surakarta. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Super minister: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti looks at a mural that depicts her as DC Comics character Wonder Woman. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Sweet embrace: A mural shows 2019 presidential rivals Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Spray time: Mural artists decorate a vintage car. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Tools of the trade: Mural artists require lots of paint cannisters to produce their works. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

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    Watch out: A mural depicting a Keraton (palace) Surakarta security guard graces the corner of a wall by Jl. Gatot Subroto. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan

Maksum Nur Fauzan

Hundreds of artists recently gathered in the shopping area on Jl. Gatot Subroto, Surakarta (also known as Solo), Central Java, bringing along brushes, oil paint, spray paint and other tools.

The gathering was part of an event called “SOLO is Solo” and after 9 p.m., the artists dispersed to several locations in the city.

Their hands adeptly decorated doors, walls and even some cars on the main street of the city. It was mural creation rather than vandalism. The mural artists had made preparations to offer their works to the Surakarta public, as well as tourists.

SOLO is Solo initiator Irul Hidayat said the murals were not just randomly made but had been designed and conceptualized for optimum results. Irul said the murals could be a useful tool to achieve an interesting and educative goal in public spaces through cultural, social and nationhood themes.

The 400-meter long Jl. Gatot Subroto then featured the murals created by the artists, who came from 28 groups, as a public exhibition. All the works were created from Oct. 18 to 28, concurrently marking Youth Pledge Day. The shopping zone is thus expected to become a new tourist destination.