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Jakarta Post

'The street is a blank canvas': Street artists brighten up local communities in Jakarta

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12, 2020   /  07:20 am
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Residents take photos with a mural in the Kendal tunnel in Dukuh Atas, Central Jakarta, as the background on Dec. 12, 2019.(JP/P.J. Leo)

Nestled under a busy road in Central Jakarta, giant and vibrant murals greet passersby at the Kendal tunnel near the Dukuh Atas MRT station. Anyone walking through the tunnel can enjoy a mural painting of a black and white “squid” monster figure with bulging eyes and teeth-like tentacles alongside an orange-blue majestic roaring lion on the walls. Created in July 2019 and initiated by the Jakarta administration, the mural was created by a Indonesian street artist who goes by the nickname Darbotz and Snyder, a German street to represent the 25 years of friendship between sister cities Berlin and Jakarta. The 39-square-meter wall at the tunnel is also painted with other murals that pay homage to old-school public transportation services in Jakarta, such as the three-wheeler bajaj (motorized pedicab) and the medium-sized Metro Mini bus, the popularity of which has start...