German Ambassador Christian Berger has unveiled the first street art project on an official building of the Embassy in Phnom Penh to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989.
Speaking in front of the embassy’s gate, Mr Berger said the unique mural emphasises friendship and collaboration of both countries and coincides Cambodia’s Independence Day on November 9.
Each side of the gate has been designed with nine columns from left to right and eleven columns from top to bottom to signify the 9th November, a very important date for both Cambodia and Germany, according to a press release issued today.
It noted that the mural’s blocks symbolise the bricks of a wall and the colours used are a combination of the two countries’ flags with words written on either side in German and Khmer, Aufburch and Vivath, both translate as the breaking of something old in order to create something new positive.
“Aufbruch [German word] and Vivath [Khmer word] both mean positive evolution. May the two words written on the mural characterise the relationship between Cambodia and Germany,” Mr Berger said. “Let us work together towards a better future for our people.”
Speaking at the event, Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn said that Cambodia and German share similar past in national reconciliation process, adding that unification of Germany as well as that of Cambodia could be possible only because of its people’s will.
“Because of that, our two countries understand each other so well and because of that I am so pleased to see Germany Embassy organise this artwork showcase to bring together young and talented German artist Danilo Halle and Cambodian artists Hour Soben”, he said.
“I hope to see more artistic event like this which in my view will inspire all of us to seek better understanding, dialogue, and trust between people and the government of our two countries,” Mr Sokhonn added.