Phnom Penh Special Economy Zone announces winner of design competition for a monument on the main roundabout at the entrance to the industrial zone.
After a long and intense pre-selection process involving dozens of submissions from students, lecturers and graduates of the Royal Univesity of Fine Arts, the winner and runners-up for the design competition for Cambodia's largest industrial monument, to be erected in the coming months, were elected by the jury and the Phnom Penh SEZ management board.
"My work is a combination of the five towers of Angkor Wat temple, surrounded by a ring representing the rising sun of the japanese flag which connects to the outer tower symbols."
The building material is sandstone, the classic Khmer building material used in thousands of temples in the Kingdom.
"My sculpture symbolizes the Japanese and Cambodian friendship by intertwining two towers, one representing Angkor Wat and the other Japan´s famous Fuji mountain."
To show the evolution from the historical Khmer civilization into the modern Cambodia ofthe 21st century, the lower part is made from sandstone and turns into concrete from the upper half onwards.
The sculpture is surrounded by a ring of water, representing the ocean of life and, in this structure, the future of Cambodia's export driven industry. A recreational area is included inside the ring with fountains and seating areas.