The AR technology-equipped mural is the latest attraction at the Taiping Heritage Art Trail

The AR technology-equipped mural is the latest attraction at the Taiping Heritage Art Trail

TAIPING: The existence of the Taiping Heritage Art Trail, which highlights the theme of the Heritage City through murals here, is equipped with the latest technology which is ‘augmented reality’ or augmented reality (AR).

According to Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) Chairman Khairul Amir Mohamad Zubir, the use and addition of AR-Mural technology is also expected to be able to provide uniqueness and special features.

He said, the murals were painted on two main attraction locations, namely the Jalan Sultan Mansor Building and Taiping Zoo & Night Safari (ZTNS).

“AR is a combination of interactive digital elements such as pictures, sounds, animations, 3D models and interactive elements into our real world environment.

“Just by pointing the phone or tablet towards the mural, and it will produce a 3D animation effect through your device.

“The Taiping Heritage Art Trail project is organized by Syarikat Graffite Management in conjunction with the celebration of Taiping’s 150th anniversary in 2024.

“Grant funds were obtained from Arts For All Seasons (ArtsFAS), sponsored and channeled by Yayasan Hasanah to make this project a success,” he said in a statement last night.

He said, the two mural paintings were realized by three local artists who have more than 10 years of experience in the field.

“In the past, large paintings using paint or spray on the walls of buildings or certain areas were seen as an act of vandalism.

“It’s because it seems to spoil the view of a location. But now the mural painting is seen as the latest style to attract the attention of the people who visit it,” he added.

He added that until now the city of Taiping has nine murals with the theme of Heritage City.

In the meantime, Khairul Amir said that his party is also targeting the arrival of 1 million visitors to ZTNS for this year.

“Last year, ZTNS received a total of 842,722 visitors at Taiping Zoo (morning) and 125,017 Night Safari visitors (evening), making a total of 967,739 visitors.

“This number is the highest since the establishment of ZTNS, MPT aims to visit 1 million visitors this year, in line with the wishes of the Menteri Besar of Perak in preparation for the Year of Visiting Perak 2024,” he said.

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