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George Scribner is a Disney “Imagineer” who grew up in Panama and was schooled in the former Canal Zone. The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) tasked him with documenting the construction of the Panama Canal expansion in oil paintings of large scale.
Imagineering, a portmanteau combining the words “imagination” and “engineering,” is well-known for its use within Walt Disney Imagineering, the design and development arm of the company.
George will eventually donate his paintings to the ACP. The Canal Authority has plans to build a museum on Panama’s Pacific side that will not only house George’s paintings, but also anything else uncovered during the construction.
Because of his excellent work in Panama, the artist was asked to document the building of the new Disney theme park in Shanghai.