The “graffiti” is back, but this time in the form of paper cut-outs stuck on the wall. Hours after Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) officers painted over controversial graffiti art by Lithuanian- born artist Ernest Zacharevic on Wednesday, paper cut-outs have appeared at the site.
Besides being put up on the wall in Taman Molek, the cut-outs have appeared in other locations in the vicinity.
The cut-outs have attracted a huge number of people who have been coming in droves – even at midnight on Wednesday – to pose and take pictures.
The cut-outs, which look like the real painting, also have sealant placed around them to make them difficult to tear out.
The original graffiti depicted a man holding a knife in a corner waiting to ambush a woman walking towards him.
Zacharevic, who gained fame in Malaysia for his graffiti in Penang, also painted two other pieces in Jalan Ros Merah, Taman Johor Jaya.
The two are drawn side by side – one shows a light-blue water slide, which ends with the snout of an actual water outlet dripping water, and the other piece is of tree branches made from green moss growing on the wall, with two people standing under them.