The Asian Games officially kick off on Aug. 18, 2018 in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra. The government and the general public have been getting involved in helping to make the quadrennial multi-sporting event a big success.
A group of artists in Surakarta, Central Java, have been painting murals of the Asian Games mascots, namely Atung, Bhin-bhin and Kaka, as well as famous Indonesian Olympians including shuttler Susy Susanti, swimmer Richard Sam Bera and tennis player Yayuk Basuki in Pucang Sawit neighborhood.
Produced on a 300-meter long wall, the mural was worked on by 11 people and is targeted to finish within a month. This is an example of Indonesian citizens supporting and promoting the 2018 Asian Games, as the event was overshadowed by the just concluded soccer World Cup in Russia.
One of the artists, Rahmat Yulian Nugroho, said the mural was expected to promote the event to children and encourage them to love national sporting legends. The so-called Asian Games kampong has become an attraction for people to enjoy the murals. Another artist, Nico, said the Asian Games-themed mural had become a new spot for taking pictures.