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Sixth Street Art Fest++ mural unveiled at Sosoro Museum

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Singapore Ambassador Michael Tan and National Bank of Cambodia governor Chea Chanto unveiling the mural. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Another mural featured in the Street Art Fest++ was unveiled yesterday at the Sosoro Museum in honour of the close relationship between Cambodia and Singapore as well as the two country’s national currencies.

The mural was painted by the famous Singaporean muralist Yip Yew Chong who came to Cambodia to showcase his artistic talent in the two-week art event organised by the Singapore Embassy in February.

Titled Prosperity, the mural depicts a fictional commemorative note which combines the designs of KHR 50,000 and SGD 5 notes with other life-like elements including the baby elephant of the Koh Ker ruins, the Tembusu tree of the Singapore Botanic Gardens and a young boy playing with a bubble blower.

The mural was purchased by Phillip Bank Plc, a Singaporean banking group, and generously gifted to the Singapore Embassy, which in turn donated it to the Sosoro Museum, which is dedicated to the history of economic and monetary systems in the Kingdom.

Its unveiling ceremony yesterday was presided over by Singapore Ambassador Michael Tan and National Bank of Cambodia governor Chea Chanto.

This was the sixth unveiling event and the seventh in a series of 11 murals to be unveiled in celebration of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cambodia and Singapore.

According to the Singapore Embassy, all of the murals have been sold to raise funds for two beneficiary organisations, the Cambodia Children’s Fund and Cambodian Living Arts.

Phillip Bank CEO Chan Mach said it is a great pride for Phillip Bank Plc to contribute to both the field of art as well as the diplomatic relationship between the two Southeast Asian nations.

“At Phillip Bank, we have launched numerous CSR programmes as a way of giving back to society,” Mach said. “The mural is very good in the way that it stresses the importance of the economic connection between Cambodia and Singapore through their currencies in a very artistic way.”

Blaise Kilian, co-director of Sosoro Museum, said Prosperity will be a valuable asset to the country’s museum of money and economy – in addition to its large existing collection, including ancient currencies and other economy-related collectibles.

“The mural does not only represent a child’s hope for a good future but also the significance of national currencies,” he said. “It is great to have such a wonderful artwork in our garden which visitors can admire, apart from our exhibition.”

 

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