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Street artists brighten up communities in Jakarta

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12 2020   /  12:30 am
Concrete canvas: Motorcyclists pass by a mural on Jl. Inspeksi Sungai Ciliwung Lama in Kali Pasir, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. The city administration gives local artists room for expression on numerous buildings across Jakarta and murals are seen as a way to brighten up densely populated urban areas. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Concrete canvas: Motorcyclists pass by a mural on Jl. Inspeksi Sungai Ciliwung Lama in Kali Pasir, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday. The city administration gives local artists room for expression on numerous buildings across Jakarta and murals are seen as a way to brighten up densely populated urban areas. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)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 painted by an Indonesian street artist who goes by the nickname Darbotz, and Snyder, a German street artist, to represent the 25 years of friends...