#atozchallenge: Quirky Hin Bus Depot

Across the road from the shiny modern Hotel NEO+ Penang, lies the unassuming and run-down Hin Bus Depot. Definitely looking like it has seen better days, one would think that it was abandoned and left to fall apart. However, on closer inspection, there was actually a cafe visible in there. Out of curiosity, we had to go in to check it out, didn’t we?

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Hin Bus Depot (black section on the right is a modern cafe)

Any first-time visitors are in for a surprise. Once an abandoned bus depot, it has been converted into an art space, and there is a pop-up market happening every Sunday from 11am till 5pm as well. Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic held his first solo art exhibition here in 2014, and his larger than life murals have turned the abandoned bus depot into another world altogether.

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Ernest Zacharevic – Art is Rubbish/Rubbish is Art (2014)

Ernest combines fine art techniques with a passion for creating art in the outdoors, and is interested in the interaction of murals and the urban landscape. His artwork results from a spontaneous response to the environment, the community and culture.

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Exposed walls become large canvases for artistic expression

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Walls covered in murals

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Mural by Ernest (2014)

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Mural by Ernest (2014)

The Hin Bus Depot is continually evolving, and more artists will be leaving their mark there soon, promising more exhibitions in the months to come.

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Zodiac (2015) by Thomas Powell of England. Thomas is a fine art graduate from Loughborough University.

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Urban Exchange (2015) by Sabek. Sabek is a street artist based in Madrid, Spain. 

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Urban Exchange (2015) by Hiroyasu Tsuri (aka TWOONE) from Japan. In 2004, Hiroyasu started to spread his recognisable animal character painting all over Melbourne’s walls. His paintings often depict animal-headed human characters.

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Painting without a name done on a door

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Decorated pillar

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Art indoors

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Urban Exchange newsletter distributed at Hin Bus Depot

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Tavern in the Park @ Hin Bus Depot

Venue name: Hin Bus Depot Art Centre
Contact:
Address: 31A Jalan Gurdwara
Penang
10300
Opening hours: Daily, 12noon-8pm
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