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Monday, 6 July 2009

STRUTH: Relax at gunpoint

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IN his continuing search for the more weird, whacky and wondrous in the world of travel, DAVID ELLIS says a travel-writing mate, Roderick Eime came upon this bizarre piece of garden furniture on a recent visit to Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

It was part of a free exhibition called To Be Deter-mined / At Arms Length that features works by apprentice metalworkers; with limited raw materials available to their schools and colleges, the government has given these apprentices some of the thousands of weapons that were disabled after being confiscated following the fall of the Khmer Rouge in 1979.

The ingenious apprentices have in turn crafted them into functional items such as this AK-47 bench for homes, parks and train stations, as well as sporting trophies and sculptures; examples can been seen at the free exhibition at Wat Phnom near the Sunway Hotel in Phnom Penh until November 18.

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