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A Malaysian artist called Choong Chee Leong has been gaining traction online for the unique portrait he made of Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
Chee Leong, or better known as Ahguu created an impressive portrait of the respected civil servant using 4,219 tiny black screws on a plain white board as a tribute for his hard work in leading the country in its fight against Covid-19.
Speaking to Malay Mail, Ahguu said that he believes Dr Noor Hisham deserves to be honoured for all his hard work and effort.
(Dr Noor Hisham) is a respected person for the way heâ€™s handled Covid-19 and a lot of people see him as a good and humble leader. I think he deserves to be honoured and I just wanted to do something to pay tribute to the hard work heâ€™s done.Choong Chee Leong via Malay Mail
For the pleasure of Malaysians online, he shared the process of creating the art piece on his Facebook page.
Ahguu started the whole process by first sketching an image of Dr Noor Hisham and then used the sketch as a reference while he carefully drilled each screw onto the board by hand.
The whole thing took two weeks to complete and involved 4,219 screws in total.
According to Ahguu, creating art using materials like screws and strings was a â€œgambleâ€, because you canâ€™t tell if the portrait resembles the person until it was complete.
Each individual screw needs to be placed precisely, otherwise, itâ€™ll end up looking like another person. On top of that, a misplaced screw would leave a hole in the board when removed, thus corrections are difficult to make.
Thereâ€™s some touching up at the end to make Dr Noor Hishamâ€™s features pop out, but in general the screws have to be exactly where they need to be.Choong Chee Leong via Malay Mail
The 33-year-old, who works in the tobacco industry by day and pursues his passion for art during his free time, has been experimenting with string art for the last couple of years and used screws as art material as a way to challenge himself.
Dr Noor Hishamâ€™s portrait isnâ€™t Ahguuâ€™s first time creating a likeness of a Malaysian icon.
Previously, he created a similar portrait of Datuk Lee Chong Wei in conjunction with the top badminton playerâ€™s retirement in June 2019.
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