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    Law & Order: The JB Mural Story

    However, not everyone thinks that the cop is there to save the woman.
    For the more cynical ones, it seems that the Lego woman now has two thieves to deal with: the robber and the ‘robber’ behind him!

    Cop ‘joins’ Zachas’ JB mural to ‘pounce’ on robber

    Local artists have added a Lego policeman to the controversial Johor Bahru mural by artist Ernest Zacharevic – a move that appears to soften the message and possibly, save the mural.
    With his eyes set on a Lego woman carrying a Chanel handbag, the Lego mugger appears unaware that an police officer – complete with handcuffs – is ready to nab him.
    It is unclear who the local artists behind the addition are, but according to the photograh uploaded by Zacharevic on his Facebook page, duo worked on the mural last night.

    “Now that’s a true vandalism! Malaysia never fails to amuse me,” Zacharevic quipped in his caption.
    A number of those commenting on the mural’s expansion were not too amused.
    Some apologised to the Lithuanian-born artist for “spoiling” his work, while others were cross that Zacharevic saw the extension to his work as “vandalism”.
    Others, however, saw it as an attempt to save the art of Zacharevic so it would not be removed by the Johor Bahru City Council as planned.
    Cop ‘joins’ Zachas’ JB mural to ‘pounce’ on robber

    This Lego Mural appeared on the wall of a private building in Johor Bahru. It shows a Lego man brandishing a knife, waiting to rob a Lego woman with a branded handbag.
    It was painted by Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevi.

    Johor executive councillor, Tee Siew Kiong, said that it put the city in a bad light.
    Later, JB mayor, Ismail Karim, warned that he would remove the mural soon because it was inappropriate.
    OK, says the artist. He replaced the knife with a bunch of flowers.

    Ernest Zacharevic
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    Politically correct version – there is nothing that flowers could not cover!

    The graffiti by Zacharevic has sparked a debate, especially among netizens, on its meaning and impact to Johor.
    Tuesday November 12, 2013 MYT 7:18:08 AM
    Council to seek expert views

    One for the album: People waiting to take candid shots with the wall graffiti by Zacharevic at Taman Molek in Johor Baru.

    OHOR BARU: The Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) will seek “expert views” on the wall graffiti by Lithuanian-born artist Ernest Zacharevic before taking any action on the matter.
    Its public relations officer Aziz Ithnin said the council had yet to receive any official complaint about the graffiti in Taman Molek, which depicted a knife-holding man, preying on a victim around the corner.
    Aziz said that MBJB would usually act immediately when it discovered vandalism on public buildings.
    For instance, he said, the council would paint over the wall that had been vandalised.
    “But if it is a privately owned building, then we would ask the owners to repaint the affected section,” he said yesterday.
    Aziz also acknowledged that Zacharevic’s artwork might cause a negative perception of the city.
    Council to seek expert views

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    ‘If mural is bad, what about pickpocket signs?’

    Leven Woon | November 12, 2013
    Two local councillors say if MBJB was to blame the Lego mural for tarnishing the city’s image, then it must also remove the many signs that say, “beware of pickpocket”.
    PETALING JAYA: If a mural depicting a Lego man brandishing a knife, waiting to rob a Lego woman with a branded handbag is deemed to tarnish the city’s image, then the Johor Bahru City Council must remove all signages that say, “beware of pickpocket” or “beware of snatch thieves.”
    The mural, which Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic painted on a private building last week, came under fire from the Johor executive councillor Tee Siew Kiong, which he said placed the city in a bad light.
    This was followed by JB mayor Ismail Karim’s warning yesterday that he would remove the mural soon because it was inappropriate.
    To support their stand that the council’s decision did not hold water, Petaling Jaya City Council councillor Derek Fernandez and Ampang Jaya Municipal Council councillor Keppy Wong said there were also many signages in Malaysia that warned the public of crimes in the area.
    “Sometimes if you walk into a shopping centre, you will see a sign ‘beware of car theft’ or ‘beware of pickpocket – would you take that as an act of tarnishing the city image?” Wong asked.
    Fernandez said even the government had put up signages to alert the public that crime was rampant in the area.
    “To me it is a non-issue, (the painter) was merely trying to send a social message to the public. The council shouldn’t have deemed it as offensive,” he said.

    “Removing the mural doesn’t mean you can whitewash the people’s perception that JB is a crime-infested place,” he said.
    Zacharevic was reported as saying that he drew the mural based on the two things that JB is known for – the Legoland theme park and the high crime rate.
    “Art does not damage a city’s image, crime does,” he reportedly said.
    Following the JB mayor’s statement, Zacharevic has designed an alternate version of the mural which showed the Lego man holding a bunch of flowers instead of a knife.

    “Politically-correct version – there is nothing that flowers could not cover,” he said on his facebook page today.

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    It is now a tourist attraction!
    Friday November 15, 2013 MYT 6:34:24 AM
    Visitors from Singapore flock to see graffiti

    JOHOR BARU: Many people, including those from Singapore, are still flocking to see the graffiti at Taman Molek here, unaware that the work on the wall is actually cut-out stickers of Ernest Zacharevic’s original painting.

    The cut-outs were put in several places in Taman Molek within hours of the original being painted over at about 4pm on Wednesday. However, by noon yesterday, the cut-outs at the original site had been removed.

    A Singaporean businessman, known only as Lim, said he decided to see the graffiti after reading about it on the Internet.

    “I did not know that it had been removed, and that this is a paper cut-out,” he said, adding that he was still happy as it looked like the real one.

    Meanwhile, M.H Goh, 35, who works in Singapore, said that although it was a form of art, it still portrayed Johor in a negative way.

    “Maybe the artist can come up with some positive paintings for other parts of the city,” he added.

    Visitors from Singapore flock to see graffiti

    Zachas mural reappears in several JB spots
    11:45AM Nov 14, 2013

    Less than 24 hours after the controversial Johor Bahru mural by Ernest Zacharevic was whitewashed by the city council, the Lego figures have come back on the walls of the city.

    Interestingly, the figures have not only reappeared at the Taman Molek corner, where they were originally painted, but also in several other locations in Johor Bahru.

    Photos uploaded online show that both the Lego mugger and Lego woman are at three separate street corners in the Johor capital.

    However, it is believed that the figures are not painted on, as before, but pasted on as stickers.

    At the Taman Molek location, for example, the revived figures have a different dimension than the original. It is not known who is behind the stickers.

    “Last night someone pasted the sticker again and after that, the mural appeared in other locations,” activist Koh Wee Sun says in her Facebook posting.

    Zachas mural reappears in several JB spots

    What’s going on in Johor Bahru?
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    Oh no ): now they’re going after the other street art pieces by Ernest.. this time targeting the ones near Am Bank in Ros Merah.


    Lego ‘cop’ fails to prevent removal of JB mural

    Even the newly-added Lego policeman could not ‘protect’ Ernest Zacharevic’s ‘crime’ mural, with Johor Bahru City Council workers painting over the artwork today.
    An initial picture uploaded on popular Internet forum ‘JB Talks’ showed that the Lego ‘mugger’ had been whitewashed, with paint-rollers closing in to send the Lego ‘cop’ into oblivion as well.

    Another photograph revealed that all three Lego figures – the woman carrying a Chanel bag, the mugger and policeman – had been painted over
    Lego ‘cop’ fails to prevent removal of JB mural

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