Marking George Town

loading Love Lane and Muntri Street. It is said that rich Chinese men who lived on Muntri Street had kept their mistresses here, hence the name “Love Lane”.

Labourers tasked with road repair in Transfer Road, back in the day. (Picture extracted from Penang Postcard Collection 1899–1930s by Khoo Salma Nasution and Malcolm Wade.

“In Seville, Spain,” said Maimunah Sharif, general manager of George Town World Heritage Incorporated, “you know you are within its World Heritage Site (WHS) because of the orange trees planted along the streets. As long as you see these, you know you are in the zone.”

This left an impression on her, and she decided to do something similar for George Town. In September 2009, the Penang state government launched a competition to mark the George Town WHS in a clever and artistic manner. All in all, 168 participants took part, 68 of whom were from outside Malaysia.

A toddy shop on Market Lane. This alcoholic beverage, popular among Indian labourers, was made from the underdeveloped flower of coconut palms.

The winner was Sculpture at Work, a Kuala Lumpur-based company, which proposed installing a series of sculptures along iconic George Town streets. These are to be specifically designed to reflect the uniqueness of each street through amusing caricatures.

So far, three have been set up – at Transfer Road, Love Lane and Market Lane. Additional pieces are set to appear by June 2011 at Carnarvon Street, Chowrasta Market, Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Weld Quay and Malay Street.

Love Lane and Muntri Street. It is said that rich Chinese men who lived on Muntri Street had kept their mistresses here, hence the name “Love Lane”.

A sculpture on Transfer Road highlighting Penang’s five-foot ways, which were initially built with pedestrians in mind. Over time, small stalls and businesses were set up here instead.



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