Penangites need no introduction to the towering column that dominates the skyline in George Town, but over the years, the soaring landmark of Komtar Tower has lost much of its lustre. The building, despite still being a landmark, is considered a dated structure with diminished prominence by many.
But now there is an effort to change that. The iconic tower hopes to renew some of its lost popularity by earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. How? By showcasing the world’s tallest mural along the length of its façade.
According to news reports, five local artists have been already been engaged by Only World Group to take on the record-breaking endeavour, which is scheduled to begin this month and be completed within six months.
The artists will work on a space of 32,291.73sq ft on the metal surface of what was supposed to be a bubble lift for the tallest building in the state. The mural will reach the top of the building, measuring 754.6ft in height and 42.9ft in width.
The mural will showcase themes that are central to Penang, such as the Dragon Boat, the Penang ferry, the Penang Bridge, portraits of famous Penangites and various other architectural icons from the island and state.
The current record for the tallest mural category is 229ft in height.