Proceedings of the International Conference of Innovation in Media and Visual Design (IMDES 2020)

Environmental Change Messages From Vanishing Wall: A Mural in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

Authors
Issarezal Ismail, Noor A’yunni Muhamad, Mohamed Najib Ahmad Dawa
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Issarezal Ismail
Available Online 3 December 2020.
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201202.071How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Message, Enivromental Change, Mural, Vanishing Wall, Sabah
Abstract
A mural is not merely visual representation on a wall which is intended to decorate or beautify a public space. In fact, it acts as a non -verbal communication tool or medium for artists to convey messages to the public. This study, therefore, aims to explore, comprehend and explain the messages on environmental change from a mural, entitled Vanishing Wall in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Researchers would delve into the aspects of structures, contents and functions from the messages. In this study, which is based on art, the fundamentals are drawn from a qualitative approach which emphasizes on descriptive and holistic explanations and the researcher would link them to conceptual framework developed by relevant concepts as the basis of its analysis. From the analysis, it was found that Vanishing Wall mural tries to bring forth the issue of environmental changes particularly deforestation as a result of greed in developmental activities. The structure of this artwork is made of signs and symbols derived from jungles and wildlife. Generally, humans visualise as well as symbolise disastrous and disheartening environmental tragedy. Vanishing Wall also narrates the effects of deforestation of thick, tropical jungle in Sabah, home for many species of wildlife. Forest degradation has triggered species migration to avoid imminent death, suffering, misery, and extinction. From the aspect of function, the mural provides information about Sabah’s wildlife and it criticizes environmental issues in the state. Its persuasive elements teach the values of humanity and the principles of justice but at the same time they encourage and urge the society to be considerate and take an active part in handling environmental change around them.
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PY  - 2020
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