Art & Places: Tugu Negara, KL

Went to Tugu Negara as per suggestion of UnsungHero (UH). Thank you so much for the idea, if not for you, UH, I will be taking my own sweet time to go. Frankly, I have never visit the National Monument simply because it’s here at home.

I spent the morning to walk around the area with my son, Yassin, before sitting down to sketch the monument.

Tugu Negara
Yassin was actually lying on his stomach to be in his comfortable position to draw. Haha.

Tugu Negara (National Monument) sketch. I made one round before finding a good angle to draw. Save me the time to draw all 7 statues! Pencil and colorpencil on Moleskine Plain Notebook. 

The sculpture depicts a group of soldiers, with two slumped at the base and one holding the Malaysian national flag aloft. Each of the bronze figures symbolizes leadership, suffering, unity, vigilance, strength, courage and sacrifice. The granite base of the sculpture bears the old coat of arms of Malaysia, flanked on either side by inscriptions in English in Latin script and Malay in Jawi script: ‘Dedicated to the heroic fighters in the cause of peace and freedom, May the blessing of Allah be upon them.’

The monument was designed by sculptor, Felix De Weldon who was also responsible for the Marine Corps War Memorial in Virginia, United States. Completed early 1966, the sculpture stands at 15 meters (49.21 feet) tall and is the world’s tallest bronze free-standing sculpture grouping.

Yassin at Tugu Negara Malaysia, KL

And here’s Yassin’s drawing:

Yassin said the monument is too hard to draw (left) so he later a soldier with gun (right).

Reference: Wikipedia – National Monument (Malaysia)



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  1. Salam Emila…oh terima kasih. tak sangka Emila terima cadangan saya…lakaran Tugu Negara itu seperti lakaran-lakaran Emila yang lain memang menarik 🙂

  2. Salam Em,

    I have not been to Tugu Negara for ages..

    Your kid pun pandai draw and he is right to stick to what he knows.

    hehehe I also find it difficult to draw the soldiers yg terbaring and berdiri wih badan bersilang and whatnot.

    1. Salam Niza, yeah, I guess better draw what he knows. Hehehe, took me sometimes to get the details. Actually dah lukis angle depan tapi tak puashati cari angle yang senang sikit nak lukis.

  3. Saya pergi kat sana dengan keluarga saya dan keluarga pakcik pada 31 December 2013. Ingat nak tengok bunga api dari sit, tapi lepas tu anak-anak dah meragam, terus balik lah.

    Askar Yassin ada rupa macam Goku dah…

      1. Sebenarnya K.Em, tak ada orang pun kat situ pada malam tu hehehehe. Cuma kami dan tak lama kemudian ada la sebuah kereta datang. Budak2 bila dah nak pukul 11 mula la mengantuk… itu yang kena balik juga 🙂

  4. oh my.. Yassin looks so tiny compare to the national monument o.O
    hampir tak perasan kewujudan dia dlm gmbar.. hehehe..

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