A Sorry State
Finally Anita got her wish. We managed to make the trek around Bukit Bintang, through Changkat Bukit Bintang to see the famous murals and street art I visited during the Scott Kelby Walk last year. Four months down the line now, and you could see the decline of the place.
Vandals and just lack of upkeep contributed to the deterioration of the paintings although at some part - near The Yard Boutique Hotel - the colours were still vibrant. On the whole, I fear for the place.
Some piping has caused fungus to grow on the wall while some of the floor paints had already worn out - and this was less than a year after the place was originally opened. What will happen in another couple of years. It would be another failed project I was afraid, unless drastic measures were taken. Maintenance had never been our strong point and this in another case where that fact was so apparent.
There were parties doing photoshoots when we were there and the place still had its fair share of visitors. There were no obvious extension to what had been there months back, indicating a lack of forward planning. Some of the murals had been painted over with graffiti while others had been covered up by businesses around the area. There were also a bazaar which did not seemed to have taken off, which I suspect would turn the place into ruins.
The actual project was a great one, but the lack of clarity in the vision and commitment made for a sorry state it was today .... and as I mentioned, I fear for the place. Another well-conceived project spoilt by poor implementation. It was becoming the norm ....