Kim working on final detailing on scarf and lamp.
Lausanne painting the mine structure.
The completed mural.
The coal mine depicted is a now *retired* Belgian coal mine called le Bois du Cazier, and the miner's portrait is that of the client's father. The mural is a testament to his fortitude and sacrifice for his family.
The miners of that time wore their safety lamps hung onto their scarves. Their helmets were made of leather. The hill behind him was created by a cart on a track which would trundle up and dump the tailings; the nearby residents, including my client when he was a boy, would climb the hill and pick through the tailings for scrap bits of coal, to sell or take home. The miners were called les gueules noires, derogatory slang translating loosely as black faces.
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