When art gives you joy. 


Trailing several dainty pockets of little parks, be surprised by unique art installations dotted around the intimate neighbourhood.
Forging a new role for the arts in leisure, Tamansari’s beautiful landscapes are designed to not only offer simply parks but also spaces for art and the idea of place making. We believe such gesture play an important role in creating a good community living. 

Jaume Plensa's Awilda & Irma sculpture in North Carolina. Image courtesy www.huma3.com

Giving life more meaning.


A BRDB initiative, Art in The Park aims to preserve Rawang’s heritage and translate these historic artefacts through public art.
For one of Kuala Lumpur’s earliest satellite towns, there’s surprisingly little documented about Rawang. The earliest records date back to 1825, when the tin-mining industry was beginning in Malaya, and Rawang was the second tin-mining town to be established in Selangor, at least 15 years before Kuala Lumpur. 

Although the mines here were still smaller than the ones in Perak, the tin-rush attracted throngs of Chinese migrants to Selangor, with many aiming to bring their fortunes back to China, but ending up settling in this booming settlement. Towards the late 1800s, Kuala Lumpur established itself as a trading port for tin, due to its ability to ferry tin via ships through the Klang River, and Rawang was delegated to a satellite town which mined the tin that was then shipped off to KL. 
 
During the 1860s and 1870s, more tin deposits were found in Selangor, which of course led to a battle of control over the precious resource, with the Cantonese Ghee Hin society members based in Kanching (now Templer’s Park) ruling over Rawang. The Selangor Civil War was in full rage over control of the tin mines in Selangor, with the legendary Kapitan Yap Ah Loy facing in-fighting between Chinese gangs, and the Malay followers of Syed Mashor. Yap Ah Loy’s forces held their ground in Rawang, which had grown in size due to the rising amounts of tin deposits in the area.

With Rawang being the first town in Malaya to utilize electricity for tin mining, it was also the first town to have electric street lights, and the Rawang Railway Station was the first railway station in Malaysa that had electricity supply to power the lamps and fans. Rawang is in fact the little town ahead of Kuala Lumpur back in the 1800s.
Artist Installations:
  1. Haffendi Anuar
  2. Jun Ong
  3. Ramlan Abdullah
  4. Umibaizurah Mahir Ismail
A unique addition.
Explore more of Tamansari’s thoughtfully designed parks featuring local made art sculptures and installations. Here, you will be able to experience visual art at its best in a casual, natural setting. Our aim is to promote local established artists as well as nurture young emerging artists in an atmosphere that is entertaining, and educational for the visitors.
Pentagonal Sun
by Haffendi Anuar
Resembling a fireplace with a column-like chimney and metal seats radiating from the center, this sculpture reimagines a pre-electricity Rawang. Activated with a flame, this piece provides light and warmth for the audience, encouraging moments of sharing. An allegory for the social rituals and rites of passage, this work invites interaction and participation, bringing Rawang’s colourful social past into full circle.
Meteora
by Jun Ong
Inspired by meteor showers, this light sculpture contextualizes Rawang’s glorious tin mining past. Made of a cluster of reflective discs, the sculpture glistens as each disc disseminates a reflection of the town and its people. Embedded in each disc is a programmable light fitting that illuminates the sculpture at night. Through light patterns, the dynamic quality of the sculpture becomes apparent – projecting new Tamansari and the town of Rawang.
Gerbang
by Ramlan Abdullah
Inspired by the structure of mining dredgers, this 6-foot tall sculpture in stainless steel looks back on the days when Rawang was a tin capital, and the first city to receive electricity. Other monuments such as the Rawang Railway Station is referenced in the sculpture, which also reflects on the theme of ethnic diversity and human connection.
Oh, My Dear, There’s No Place Like Home
by Umibaizurah Mahir Ismail
An assembly of poles adorned with toy-like objects, Umibaizurah’s proposed installation for Tamansari is inspired by the idea of home, represented by the tiang seri, the main pillar set in a traditional Malay kampung house. This work alludes to the history, identity and beliefs of the Rawang community, in the face of a changing urbanscape. Using glazed and fired clay, Umibaizurah references the very Asian culture of meshing art with the utilitarian.
  • Haffendi Anuar
    b.1985, Malaysia
    A multidisciplinary visual artist, Haffendi Anuar produces sculptures, paintings, installations and drawings. Recycling found objects and images from digital and physical sources, Haffendi’s work examines images, icons, and architecture of Malaysia in a time of change and progress.
  • Jun Ong
    b.1988, Malaysia
    An architect and light artist, Jun’s work explores the relationship between mass production and human interaction in producing some of his light installations.
  • Ramlan Abdullah
    b.1960, Malaysia
    One of the most celebrated Malaysian sculptors. Working with a variety of materials, including wood, glass, mild steel, brass, resin and concrete, his sculptural pieces examine themes of space, proportion, lightness and stability.
  • Umibaizurah Mahir Ismail
    b.1975, Malaysia
    Working primarily with clay and ceramics. She is the founder of Patisatustudio, a residency and ceramics studio that nurtures the development of contemporary art practice in Malaysia. Umi’s works are collected by local and international institutions and private collectors.
Upcoming events.
25.02.2018
Tamansari Chinese New Year Event
Recent construction progress on site, August 2017. The major road into the development is nearing completion with future traffic lights to be installed at the main intersection of Tamansari. Our first phase of residential homes is 90% completed and we are progressing final checks and inspections before the official handover.
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