𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗹𝗶𝘀 𝗕𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘆𝗮 𝗣𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘂 𝗣𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗴 (𝗠𝗕𝗣𝗣) 𝐂𝐨𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐫𝐦𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐟....𝐝𝐨𝐥𝐩𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐬?
𝑇ℎ𝑒𝑛, 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑟𝑡𝑖𝑠𝑡 𝐻𝑜𝑜 𝐹𝑎𝑛 𝐶ℎ𝑜𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑚𝑎𝑙 𝑎𝑠 𝐼𝑘𝑎𝑛 𝑇𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑎𝑘𝑢𝑙
It's quite a head-scratching moment when you realised the odd-looking fishes are dolphins. After all, they are quite elusive in this part here, isn't it?
According to MBPP's website, "Dolphin is a heraldic symbol associated with the sea, symbolising the abundant marine life in the waters around Penang and it also depicts a joyous and happy mood associated with Penang' distinction as an international tourist destination"
Local artist Hoo Fan Chon digged deeper: "I was intrigued by the colonial and baroque aesthetics of the Penang Island City Council's (MBPP) coat of arms. A few of the key motifs draw its reference from Renaissance-era visual symbols, including the dolphin and ceremonial acanthus plant on the heraldic design."
Basically, heraldic dolphins — a British element often mistaken for dragons or seahorses — is a legacy from the British master.
So, Hoo reinterpreted George Town's Coat of Arms to include a mudskipper, a native fish known locally as ikan tembakul.
Hoo’s other innovations include localising the plant species which crowns the coat of arms, and rewriting its motto. It’s a great conversation starter on the remnants of colonial influence in Penang’s visual culture, and how we could (and should) pay more attention to the stories contained in our symbols.
"I think a good piece of work is one which people feel they can relate to," Hoo notes. 
The artist's interpretation of MBPP's coat of arms is part of his solo exhibition in January 2020.
𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒆𝒏𝒕? 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑳𝒊𝒌𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒔𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒐𝒗𝒆!❤️🔥