JOHOR BARU - Graffiti artist Ernest Zacharevic, whose Taman Molek wall art depicting a robber waiting for his victim drew the ire of the city hall, made a comeback with another drawing at Jalan Pahang here.
His latest work depicted a Lego woman and a boy riding a bicycle on a wall which was previously vandalised with nondescript words.
The new artwork was also rather similar to his popular Little Children On A Bicycle mural on Armenian Street in Penang.
Ardent fans of his work were seen thronging the street to snap photos of the fresh painting just hours after he drew it.
Nearby shop lot owners claimed that Zacharevic started working on his art on Wednesday evening, but was forced to stop when the owner of the premises did not allow him to proceed.
Clerk T. Jaya, who works just a few doors away from the wall art, said that the owner of the building stopped Zacharevic from painting the wall just as he started drilling holes into it to hang the bicycle.
"I heard a loud drilling sound and decided to check and saw the owner and Zacharevic arguing over the matter.
"Zacharevic was forced to stop painting when the owner asked him to produce a valid permit from the city council," she told reporters when met at Jalan Dhoby here yesterday.
She added that when asked why was he painting the mural, Zacharevic replied that he was only beautifying an ugly-looking wall.
However, a nearby hair salon owner, who declined to be named, said that he fully supported Zacharevic and even lent him a helping hand.
Apparently, Zacharevic came back later in the evening and completed his artwork at the same spot, though it was still uncertain what the property owner thought of it.