Local artists paint 331 metre-long mural

Datuk Hanifah Taib

MUKAH: Artistic elements are important in expressing and documenting the cultural, heritage and values that co-exist in the state.

These elements were translated onto a 331.1 metre-long mural painted by several artists at the site of the Kaul Kala Dana Festival in Mukah.

A group of 20 local artists combined their efforts and talents, to paint and complete the mural last month, said Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sarawak and Sabah Affairs) Datuk Hanifah Taib.

“From the mural and based on the expressions displayed through their paintings, we can appreciate every element of culture and heritage in Sarawak,” she said.

Speaking to newsmen after she visited the site of the Kaul Kala Dana Festival, Hanifah said several of the mural paintings depicted old memories and could remind those looking at it to be proud of our unique culture and heritage.

“Looking at the mural also gives us a sense of pride and belonging and be more appreciative of our tradition including ancient monuments and antiques, many of which are no longer in existence.”

Hanifah said she planned to have more mural paintings in appreciation of our forefathers and prominent statesmen who have long since left us.

‘We will also look into the possibility of producing art and design items from recycled and discarded materials.

“This, in a way, would assist us in our efforts to protect and preserve our environment by using discarded and recycled materials,” she added.