Lunar Peaks: KL’s beloved public sculpture must rise from ruins

Source: The Star Online

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) demolished the historic public sculpture Lunar Peaks (1986) by the late National Laureate artist Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal on July 1. Photo: The Star/P. Nathan

The National Visual Arts Gallery (NVAG), the art community and the family of the late Datuk Syed Ahmad Jamal (1929-2011) are prepared to take the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to task for its decision to demolish the Lunar Peaks (Puncak Purnama) public sculpture in Kuala Lumpur on July 1.

Lunar Peaks, arguably one of Kuala Lumpur’s prominent public sculptures, was created by National Laureate artist Syed Ahmad in 1986.

“The abrupt destruction of Lunar Peaks is a great loss to the nation’s cultural heritage. It came as a complete shock for the art community – to see a bulldozer already demolishing the sculpture on July 1 . It is a regrettable move considering the iconic status of the sculpture,” says Datuk Mahadzir Lokman, NVAG chairman, during a media conference at NVAG on July 4.

On July 1, Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mohd Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz said the structure was in bad shape, while Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor echoed his sentiment by calling it an “eyesore” on July 2. Read more