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New Mural by El Mac in Phnom Penh Cambodia


New mural by El Mac was just completed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The work celebrates a local artisan who lives in the building where the mural was painted.  In El Mac’s signature style, the artist portrayed a woman who hand makes traditional Cambodian Tapestries. El Mac in his ongoing pursuit of giving people without voices a voice, celebrates with this mural her dedication to her community and preservation of the Cambodian culture.  Public Art of this nature is a rarity in the capital city and the wall was made possible by the Igloo Hong Project underwritten by the David Young Choe Foundation.

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Checkout the work in progress video:

El Mac painting a quick wall in Kep, Cambodia with David Choe

El Mac painting a quick wall in Cambodia with David Choe + ground support from a bunch of local kids. #IglooHong project #DavidYoungChoeFoundation
The portrait is based on a detail from a Francesco Gessi painting from the 1600s. I painted an earlier interpretation of this in 2008 on a door in Milan with Retna which was destroyed, so now the image has a new incarnation on the southern coast of Cambodia.