Before and after: Dara Music Group

Hand-painted sign advertising Dara Music Group in Kratie, Cambodia

Dara means star in Khmer and this sign for a music group had sufficient star quality to make it onto my acquisitions short list. Following the purchase of the original hand-painted sign, the business owners have taken less than a month to replace it with a printed sign with identical copy and imagery (see below).

It goes without saying that I think a lot is lost from the original and part of me regrets the role that I have played in this small change to Kratie’s streetscape. What do you think of the two incarnations of this sign and my role in bringing the original down?

Printed sign for Dara Music Group in Kratie, Cambodia

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