The Culprit Behind George Town’s Steel Rod Sculptures
Affectionately known as “Uncle Tang” by his friends and colleagues, Tang Mun Kian certainly isn’t your typical middle-aged ‘uncle’ who shakes his leg and sits around at kopitiams (aka hawker centres). In fact, he might not even be middle-aged despite his nickname.
He is, though, a Malaysian artist, cartoonist and designer who is the Creative Director of Sculpture at Work, a Kuala Lumpur based art company. And yes, Uncle Tang is the culprit behind the steel rod sculptures (all 52 of them) you see on the streets of George Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Penang. He was commissioned by the Penang State Government to create them as part of a wider street art exhibition called ‘Marking George Town’.
So is Uncle Tang as representative as his steel caricatures? We bet he is!
After graduating from the Malaysian Institute of Art in Communication Design, he started his career as an Advertising Art Director in Singapore. Deciding to further pursue his strong passion for art, he quit his advertising job and moved bases from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - where he is based now.
Today, Uncle Tang is a busy man! In addition to drawing, painting and sculpting, he is delving into furniture making with Mad3 Studio, a furniture company he set up with two of his friends from his advertising days.
Mad3 Studio is all about forging a link between old and new: traditional craft and contemporary design. Their beautiful furniture brings us back to our childhood days where our grandmothers used to sit on similarly-designed rattan chairs.
Also, do check out more of Mun Kian's art work here.
THE LOWDOWN on Uncle Tang ...
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