April 23, 2021
Stamps Professor David Chung shot and produced a short video for the World Monuments Fund at Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia. World Monuments Fund is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1965 by individuals concerned about the accelerating destruction of important artistic treasures throughout the world. Now, over 50 years later, World Monuments Fund has orchestrated over 600 projects in 90 countries. With affiliate organizations established in Britain, India, Peru, Portugal, and Spain, World Monuments Fund sponsors an ongoing program for the conservation of cultural heritage worldwide. Professor Chung’s video shot at the main temple at Angkor Wat highlights the recent renovation of wood ceilings. The renovation is at the site of the most significant bas-relief in the eyes of the Khmers, located in the Churning of the Ocean of Milk Gallery, portraying devas and asuras in a dramatically rendered tug of war, representing the eternal struggle of good and evil that churns amrit, the elixir of everlasting life, from the primordial ocean.