If you’re talking a stroll down Gaya Street in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, you might notice a large and colourful beach scene mural, painted on the facade of Ang’s Hotel, one of the recognisable buildings in that area.
Traveloka, a regional online travel company in collaboration with Ang’s Hotel, commissioned renowned Kelantan-born local street artist Akid One (Mohd Zulfadli Ahmad Nawawi ) to work on the project.
The huge mural, measuring 19.5m x 13.4m, illustrates a young couple at a local beach destination with a plane in the sky. The design is based on the Follow Me To series by Russian travel photographer/influencer Murad Osmann.
“I feel really honoured to be the selected artist to work on this project, which is to create a mural all about travel,” says Akid One, 33.
“I wanted to capture the little moments when we travel … aeroplane in the sky, a girl and boy enjoying the scenery, that sort of holiday feeling. I also included elements of traditional Sabahan arts,” he adds, pointing to the bracelet worn by the young woman in the mural.
The artist began painting the Ang’s Hotel mural on March 13, completing it in five days.
“The challenges in creating it was finding the suitable paint colours and tools,” notes Akid One, who used a skylift crane to sketch out the mural.
Akid One, who started out as a water colour artist, is probably most known for his work in immortalising Malaysian national leaders Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tunku Abdul Rahman on the walls of a pair of shophouses in Alor Setar, Kedah in 2015.
Akid One was also recently part of KL’s National Art Gallery’s exhibition on street art called The Wall, where he contributed an untitled mural.