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The abandoned, derelict theme park of Taman Festival Bali on Padang Galak Beach has become a mural magnet for global street-artists to spray, sketch, stencil and paint their way into the history books of their dark arts and craft.

Here is a tiny selection.

Murals and Street Art at Taman Festival Bali Theme Park

Pantai Padang Galak, Kesiman, East Denpasar, Bali

September 19, 2020
Mural by the street-artist SLINAT of a traditional Balinese woman wearing a gas-mask to combat air pollution and the Coronavirus at Taman Festival Bali theme park, Indonesia

Mural by the well-known street-artist SLINAT of a traditional Balinese woman wearing a gas-mask to combat air pollution – and now the Coronavirus – at Taman Festival Bali theme park in Indonesia.
Artwork © SLINAT.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

The abandonded theme-park Taman Festival Bali near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Taman Festival Bali is not for the faint-hearted. Sprawled over nine hectares next to the beach just north of the coastal resort of Sanur, this abandoned theme park is now a collection of derelict buildings that houses a salmagundi of smashed tiles, broken glass, rotting roofs... and some of the most eclectic street art you'll find in a while.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

'Owlself' by the legendary 'Wild Drawing' (WD) takes pride of place in the largest of Taman Festival's dilapidated buildings

'Owlself' by the legendary 'Wild Drawing' (WD) takes pride of place in the largest of Taman Festival's dilapidated buildings.
Top: Photographed on the mural's completion in 2015.
Bottom: September 19, 2020.
The tropics and time haven't been kind to this mural. When you see a piece of street-art that grabs you, grab it while you can – by its nature it's here today, and demolished or painted over tomorrow. Like you and me, it's fragile art.
Artwork © 2020 Wild Drawing / www.wdstreetart.com.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Twigs, roots and branches complete the hairdo of an unknown woman in the main building of Taman Festival Bali, Indonesia

Twigs, leaves and branches complete the hairdo of an unknown woman in the main building of Taman Festival Bali, Indonesia. Don't think her roots are showing yet.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Much of the street-art and murals in Taman Festival Bali are open to the elements as rooves have been allowed to rot and fall apart

Much of the street-art and murals are open to the elements as roofs have been allowed to rot and fall apart. All is at your own risk.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

An eye-catching, photo-realistic mural of a shark-trade fisherman in Taman Festival Bali, Indonesia

An eye-catching, photo-realistic mural of a shark-trade fisherman in Taman Festival Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

An eye-catching, photo-realistic mural of a shark-trade fisherman in black and white in the Taman Festival Bali, Indonesia

The shark-trade fisherman mural in a tritone black-and-white.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A colonial European-empire-era soldier preparing to bayonet a native is given an anatomically-incorrect once-over by a passing mural-hooligan

A colonial-era European Empire soldier preparing to bayonet a native is given an anatomically incorrect once-over by a passing mural-hooligan.
There. That's a sentence I didn't think I'd write. Street-art by the same artist as the shark-fin fisherman above.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A daylit exhibition space of street art, murals, graffiti and tagging at the Taman Festival theme-park in Bali, Indonesia

One of several daylit basements scattered around the Taman Festival site that have become impromptu exhibition spaces for graffiti, street-art, tagging and... self-exhibitionism.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Street-art mural of a whale makes an elegant, colourful splash on the wall of a deserted outdoor building at Taman Festival theme-park in Bali, Indonesia

A whale mural makes a colourful splash on the wall of a deserted outdoor building at Taman Festival theme-park in Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © 2020 ArtAnnaBronza.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Street-art mandala of swirling eyes and fish by the muralist SwoofOne at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia

Street-art mandala of swirling eyes and fish by the muralist SwoofOne at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © SwoofOne (I. Wayan Subudi).
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A mandala mural by SwoofOne of a disjointed fish searching for its keyhole at Taman Festival theme-park in Bali, Indonesia

Another mesmorising mandala mural by SwoofOne of a disjointed fish searching for its keyhole at Taman Festival theme-park in Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © SwoofOne (I. Wayan Subudi).
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Film Tiga Dimensi: The entrance to the now-defunct 'Turbo Theater' 3-D cinema at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia

Film tiga dimensi: The entrance to the now-defunct 'Turbo Theater' 3-D cinema at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A Jackson-Pollock-style stencilled mural of a human heart beats to a blood-spattered background at the Taman Festival theme park in Bali, Indonesia

A Jackson-Pollock-style stencilled mural of a human heart beats on a blood-spattered background at the Taman Festival theme park in Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Street-art stencil of Mr. Death's skull at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia

Street-art stencil of Mr. Death's skull at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A stencilled street-art mandala in the shape of a swirling swastika on the peeling walls of Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia

A stencilled street-art mandala in the shape of a swirling swastika on the peeling walls of Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

You need to watch your step while navigating Taman Festival Bali - definitely one of the more interactive and dangerous art-exhibition spaces in the world

You need to watch your step while navigating one of the most interactive art-exhibition spaces in the world. Broken glass, rusty nails and snakes are all on the menu. Look before you walk, and take it super-slow.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A peace-dove settles on the shoulder of a woman in this Taman Festival mural in Bali, Indonesia

Some of the street-art is just cute and colourful. A peace-dove settles on the shoulder of a woman in this Taman Festival mural in Bali, Indonesia.
Artwork © Clara Fosca.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

A snowman wears a barong mask as a hat as he is entwined by thorns in this street-art at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia

Inspired by chillier climes, a snowman wears a barong mask as a hat as he is entwined by thorns in this street-art at Taman Festival in Bali, Indonesia.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Cubist-inspired street-art mural of Muslim and Hindu Indonesian rice-famers wearing a mosque and a Hindu temple as hats

At first glance a bit naive and silly, this cubist-inspired mural of Muslim and Hindu Indonesian rice-farmers wearing a mosque and a Hindu temple as hats made me think twice.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

The conditions inside and outside the derelict buildings scattered around Taman Festival are perfect homes for the full spectrum of Bali's venemous and non-venemous snakes

The conditions inside and outside the derelict buildings scattered around Taman Festival are perfect homes for the full spectrum of Bali's venomous and non-venomous snakes. Be very careful around dry timber and rubble. If you need to move through areas like this – better off going around it – throw a few rocks around first and see if anything comes out.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Suck on my root chakra street art in Taman Festival, Bali, Indonesia

One for the Ubud-chakra-yogi-homies.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Street-art mural of Rabbit-eye movement (REM) in Taman Festival, Bali, Indonesia

REM – 'Rabbit-eye movement'. 'Nuff said.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Street-art mural of a man going mad and crazy in Taman Festival theme park in Bali, Indonesia

How the pandemic year of 2020 makes me feel. Thanks for the share, brother.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

xxx

"Who's driving the bus?" Who knows. Comic auto-pilot street-art.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

Tree-roots and street-art in Taman Festival theme park in Bali, Indonesia

It's difficult to know, and fun to guess, where the art stops and nature begins at Taman Festival.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

The last 3-D reel: most definitely a turbo-charged art experience at the most-definitely-haunted Taman Festival Bali theme-park in Indonesia

The last 3-D reel: most definitely a turbo-charged art experience at the most-definitely-haunted Taman Festival Bali theme-park, Indonesia.
Hope you enjoyed the show, folks.
Photograph by © 2020 Ubud High.

☬ Location of Taman Festival Bali

Next to the beach at Jl. Padang Galak No.3, Kesiman, Denpasar Timur, Kota Denpasar, Bali.

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