I was curious over the lack of reviews for Pixyl Fountain in conjunction with Georgetown Festival 2015 so we dropped by for a while. Conceived by American artist, Steven Gutierrez, the Pixyl Fountain is an interactive art installation where visitors are invited to step on the motion-sensor floor pads for the lights and music to start up.
It looks like a digital cloud perched on a rainbow and by stepping on the floor pad, small metallic spheres will roll down and strike musical notes, almost like a high tech xylophone. In a nutshell, the Pixyl Fountain is supposed to represent clouds, lightning (it flashes before you hear the music), thunder and rain, almost poetic. When we were there, the motion sensors were slightly faulty so it didn't really work as designed but that didn't deter Bubs from having a ball of fun. Kudos to the very patient volunteer that explained the concept behind it and entertained Bubs for a bit.
We enjoyed going around the upstairs of the pre-war house where the art installation was hosted. There was also an Obscura Festival photography exhibition and
though I respect photography and art, it seemed a little ... dark ...
for children so I quickly steered Bubs away. I didn't want to have to
explain some of the themes behind the photos.
Onward to the Plates at Muntri Street. There's a huge Ernest Zacharevic street art just opposite the cafe so it makes for a nice stroll. By the way, don't be confused with the names Inch and Plates. Plates by date, Inch by night, they both operate from the same location but just at different times. Plates serves brunch - think eggs, pancakes and desserts while Inch does up Thai fusion for dinner.
Plates is a very well styled and spacious hang out for people that want a quiet spot to chill. As with most pre-war houses in that area, it is very looooong. The front half is un-airconditioned and has a slicker vibe with exposed brick walls, minimal furnishings with a rack of new magazines.
The middle portion houses a bar and right at the end is where things start getting cool, literally. There's air conditioning here and get this, everything, including the wooden stairs and floorboards are painted in pastel, Paddle Pop-ish tones. I didn't see any tables apart from a simple bar setting with rainbow hued chairs so I'm not sure if we were allowed to eat here or if it's drinks only but this place is amazing!
There was another Obscura Festival exhibition and Bubs was more than fascinated with the photos.
"Look at that man, he has GUNS, Mummy!"
"Daddy, that man has a knife sticking out of his leg! I want my photo next to him!"
Errrrr ... let's have some dessert, Bubs?
This was the peanut butter and jelly milkshake (RM14) and Bubs loved the giant dollop of cream on the top streaked with strawberry syrup (or was that the jelly?) I found it very refreshing on a hot and humid afternoon though Hubs did say it was a whole lot sweeter than he expected it to be.
The pancakes (RM16) with apples and raisins compote were served with fresh blueberries, strawberries and a serving of mascarpone. The pancakes were soft, fluffy and almost cake-like and came with a tiny jug of maple syrup which I'd to keep away from both Hubs and Bubs.
I did wish that the wifi password was more accessible (you've to ask for it from the wait staff) and that water was readily served to all but apart from the slightly pricey food, it's a nice area to hang out.
Address: 44, Lebuh Muntri, 10200, Georgetown, Penang.
Telephone: 604- 261 1693
Closed on Tuesdays