Saturday, 19 January 2019

Artistic and Instagrammable Alleyway in Solo City`s Gatsu Street

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The 300-meter long Gatot Subroto Street in the City of Solo, Central Java, received a new artistic touch after its street side is filled with artworks by local artists.

    The street that is also Solo’s economic hub is a new favorite for residents to take pictures and have selfies with relatives and friends in the night after shops and stores close its rolling doors and folding gates, which reveals numerous artworks such as murals.

    “The murals are done by dozens of street art communities,” said Gatsu mural corridor coordinator Irul Hidayat on Tuesday, November 6.

    Beragam mural menghiasi sepanjang ruas jalan Gatot Subroto, Solo, yang dipercantik dengan tata-lampu. Kawasan ini jadi ajang berswafoto warga dan para pelancong. Tempo/Ahmad Rafiq

    The murals and various artworks are a product of the community, local tourism board, and store owners. The works exhibited in the area are derived from local tradition or culture such as Gamelan musical players, Batik artists, and murals of renowned public figures such as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who originated from Solo.

    The alley has a lighting set up that further attracts tourists to visit the area in an attempt to make it an ‘Instagrammable’ tourist attraction. Irul Hidayat said that the alley is in its early transformation upon becoming the hub for street artists and that the community will further urge artist to participate.

    AHMAD RAFIQ