This mural was jointly created by Cambodian-Canadian artist FONKi and Singaporean artist Yip Yew Chong in conjunction with the Street Art Fest++, a two-week long festival of arts, music, dance and food in Phnom Penh, to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Singapore and Cambodia.
FONKi’s bold, contemporary brushstrokes with Yip’s intricate detailing provides a contrasting yet complementary portrayal of the state of development of the two countries, and the lifestyle and aspirations of their peoples. FONKi painted a headless Angkorian lion to symbolize that Khmer culture continues to thrive despite years of conflict, and the Merlion, a mythical creature that is the national symbol of the city state of Singapore. The two lions symbolize the resilience of their respective peoples and the strong foundation of their bilateral friendship.
Yip’s present-day miniature mega city in the centre of the mural juxtaposes modern skyscrapers with traditional and colonial buildings, an illustration of the challenges in preserving their respective cultural roots/identity amidst the pursuit of socio-economic development, peace and stability. A closer scrutiny of the depiction of everyday life in the mural reveals how intertwined the two societies really are; they have more in common than there are differences. The imaginary Khmer lion-Merlion sculpture and a bridge with the head of a Naga and the tail of a fish represent future collaborations and an enduring friendship between Singapore and Cambodia and their peoples.
This mural is purchased by Vattanac Properties Ltd. and gifted to the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh. This mural is installed at the Singapore Embassy in Phnom Penh along Norodom Boulevard.