Where are the sculptures in KL?

I feel that there aren’t enough sculptures in Kuala Lumpur. So few there are that I think I could count them. I am in the opinion that even the little cozy town called Ann Arbor has more sculptures than Kuala Lumpur, including the Klang Valley. That is sad.

The most well known of all sculptures in Kuala Lumpur, probably in the whole country, is the Tugu Negara, a monument dedicated to those that fell for the country.

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The monument was blown apart by the communists in 1975. Fortunately for many of us, it was restored to its original state and now, it is still standing proudly on top of a hill.

At the foot of the hill, there are more sculptures, one each from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei and the Philippines, in celebration of Asean. Sadly though, the state of the sculptures aren’t something anybody should be proud of. The marble that made up one of the sculptures is no longer white, the wood that formed a piece of art no longer exists. It is a high time for preservation effort if you ask me.

Not far from the Tugu Negara, there is an odd sculpture erected in celebration of some flower festival.

Unfortunately, it looks like it was made out of some cheap plastic.

In the middle of the city, right in the de facto business district of Kuala Lumpur, stands a decent steel sculpture amid a small pool.

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It is quite hard to notice the sculpture because it actually inside a building right by Jalan Raja Chulan. The building stands in between Menara Boustead and MAS Building.

Somewhere farther from the business distinct, a set of steel sculptures could be found under the shadow of the, as some locals would call it, the tallest twin towers in the world. The theme seems to touch something about whales. I am not sure why whales.

At the Merdeka Square, there is one huge “thing” which I am not sure if it is art at all though.

Apart from those mentioned, I cannot think where else I could find sculptures for public consumption. Could you?

If you could, share it!

Oh yeah. I almost forgot. That big ass eagle at Langkawi. Wait. Langkawi isn’t part of KL…

5 Comments so far

  1. Allen Varney (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

    That huge “thing” near Merdeka Square is a sort of pitcher-plant fantasia. (Or maybe I’m thinking of a different sculpture?) That thing creeped me out when I saw it. Made me think of the pods from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Unsuspecting citizens stealthily replaced by night with undetectable human-pitcher-plant hybrid clones….


  2. Hafiz (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 9:30 pm

    I think, that would solve some cases of kidnapping in KL. =p


  3. mob1900 (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 3:38 am

    Don’t forget ‘The Giant Teapot’ at Arab Square!
    It’s behind Bkt. Bintang Mac D’s right?
    I remember Patrick Teoh mentioned about this ‘sculpture’ last year, a Bolehland obsession with glorfying everything Arab(including their drinking utensils) in order to boost(suckered) more Arab tourists to Bolehland.

    Anyone has a picture?


  4. mob1900 (unregistered) on March 25th, 2007 @ 3:47 am
  5. mob1900 (unregistered) on March 27th, 2007 @ 12:14 am

    http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/5119/1087/1600/arabia1.jpg

    If you’re having trouble accessing the article like me.



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