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Indonesian artists make wall murals to help clamp down a surging tide of coronavirus infections


Mural artist Ray Andree poses in front of his artwork.

From scythe-wielding monsters to a globe fending off coronavirus with an umbrella, a group of Indonesian artists has turned to wall murals to help stem a growing number of infections.

The Jakarta-area artists saw orders for their work dry up as the pandemic hit and decided to use that extra time to paint the walls of their neighbourhoods and educate the public about the deadly disease.

virus Indonesian artists have turned to wall murals to help clamp down on a surging tide of infections.

"This unnecessary panic moved me to do these murals. I wanted to rebuild our spirit so we've got the positive energy back to fight against coronavirus," said artist Sulis Listanto.

"It's easier to educate people through pictures."

So Listanto painted a globe being attacked by the virus with the words "Save the world".

virus3 Mural artist Mujiono poses with his artwork.

Another had a darker tone featuring a cat-like monster carrying a scythe with the words "Covid-19".

Fellow mural artist Yahya -- who like many Indonesians goes by one name -- was inspired to paint a colourful montage advising people to stay at home.

"We used to paint murals at schools or cafes, but we don't have any jobs now," he said.

virus4 Mural artists Mastantio (L) and Yahya (R) pose with their artwork. 

"Through this work we're urging people to stay at home and to appreciate health workers."

"We tried to make the murals colourful and bright so they can radiate positive energy and keep people optimistic in this difficult time," he said.


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As of Tuesday, 459 people had died of the virus with more than 4,800 confirmed cases, according to Indonesia's government.

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