Title: CCTV TOWER WITH BOUNTIFUL HARVEST 丰收景象下的央视大楼
Artist: Nicholas Bonner/Dominic Johnson Hill with DPRK artist
Year: September 2008
Medium: Gouache on paper
Dimensions: 117.5 x 84 cm
The People’s Liberation Army and a couple of farmers celebrate the bumper harvest and glorious city.
The farmer holds two apples in a rather suggestive manner, perhaps just happy with such big pieces of fruit in his hands. No sign of pollution just bright skies complete with three jets another North Korean icon used to reflect strength and modernity.
The bumper harvest is a common theme in North Korean propaganda and art.
Oliver Wainwright, The Guardian, 2003