Trick Art Museum, I-City Shah Alam

HOW is it like to be one of the first guests at a brand spanking new hotel? Interesting, to say the least! We were invited to a media getaway at I-City Shah Alam‘s new three-star hotel, the Best Western, with a complimentary night’s stay and free buffet meals. Since I was allowed to bring a guest, I had my mum tag along, even though my house isn’t that far away from Shah Alam. At least we got to sleep in a comfortable and spacious room with fluffy pillows and comforters and cold air conditioning.:)

As part of our trip, we were also given free reign of the various attractions within I-City.

To those who haven’t been here before, I-City is a theme park of sorts with rides, places of visit and other stuff all under one roof. It is particularly popular for itsforest of LED trees at night – but has since opened many more attractions, including the Trick Art Museum – which was our first stop of the day.

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The place is divided into five sections over two storeys of 3D-paintings, designed to look like they are ‘popping’ out of the wall. The five theme are Masterpieces, Egyptian, Marine Life, Animal Kingdom and Modern Classics. Some of the famous paintings you will see include the Mona Lisa and The Scream. There are helpful photos next to each painting for visitors to refer on how to take the perfect 3D-looking pic.

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I think youngsters and families would enjoy the place, since you can be as creative as you want with the pictures. You don’t necessarily have to follow the examples given! When we went it was afternoon so there wasn’t much of a crowd so we could take our time, but I imagined it would be a long wait if it was busy.

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Upstairs where all the other themes are located and jumbled together. Some of the paintings didn’t look very 3D though.

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Various ‘modern’ paintings depicting European life. Idk why they didn’t put in some local flavour as well.

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There were even some famous movie characters, like ET, King Kong, Spiderman, The Mummy and Batman.

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Entry tickets are priced at RM10 per person. It’s a unique concept, but there aren’t like a tonneload of exhibits on display. We were out in less than 30 minutes. But if you have families with small kids, or teens, could be a nice place to go to for the weekend + visit other attractions in the area.

Trick Art Museum@I-City 

i-City, D-1-G, Jalan Multimedia 7/AJ, Seksyen 7, Shah Alam, Selangor

Opening hours: Daily (11am -12am/1am on holidays)

Entry: RM10

 

Travel Diaries: ArtSphere20/8ty@The Atmosphere – Collection of 3D Mural Art

So I recently went to a new place called ArtSphere20/8ty @ The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan. It’s an open air concept building that will house various retail outlets, banks, F&B shops, etc. once it’s fully opened. What makes it unique is that it has 80 different 3D art murals in various corners of the buildings. Visitors are free to take pictures with the paintings.

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At the entrance, visitors will be greeted by the ‘Mini Car’ piece, which has an actual part of a car protuding out from the wall.

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Didn’t manage to explore every single nook and cranny, as the place is pretty big and there are often small ones hidden here and there.  I’d recommend spending some time to see if you can find all of them! The name 20/8ty is to signify 80 murals done by 20 very talented artists.

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Boy in treehouse (above) and ‘Girl in baju kurung reaches up to pluck fruit’. I think this is pretty 3D looking! Some of the props helped make the paintings look more realistic.

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A giant Snakes and Ladders games that visitors can play (dice are provided).

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More clever use of props. The fire hose was used in this piece called ‘Saving Fire’.

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This is one of the pieces that look quite 3D imo. You need to stand at a certain spot to capture it to maximum effect though. It’s called ‘Staircase’ by artist, Angel Ng.

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Overall, it’s a really fun place to chill and take pictures! Spend some time exploring and posing with the murals to get your favourite 3D effect. Now you don’t have to pay so much and go all the way to Trick Art Museum in Shah Alam to take photos. I’ll definitely come back when they have more cafes open, coz there isn’t anything to see right now other than the artworks.

The Atmosphere, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat, Seri Kembangan. (next to Giant Seri Kembangan)