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"They don't even have a committee": public art in Malaysia - a three-part series
Recently in the Sunday Star magazine, Veronica Shunmugam did a three-part series on Malaysia's public art, talking to artists and critics, members of the public, as well as Malaysia's Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage. It starts off from the idea that Malaysia really lackes good public art, which is hard to disagree with. Through exploration of this the piece gives a nice flavor of the state of public art in Malaysia, capturing the prevalence of a great deal of kitsch commissioned by local town councils, and etc: "our roadside sculptures of giant durians". (see fr example this fountain, which incorporates traditional water jars into its design). Also discussed is the reluctance to use human figures in public art, a reluctance traced to various interpretations of Islam. The Minister's position on this is worth quoting at length:«There is one concept in Islam where the reproduction of human (and animal) form is not encouraged. Among Muslims, sculpture is moribund, and I use the word “moribund” very purposely. It is true. But we have Malaysians who would like to explore art and create works like these (pointing to photos of human form sculptures in Jakarta, Bangkok and Manila in his office). If we have the Tugu Negara, there is no reason why we can’t have other productions or other thoughts about this.