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9/16/2019 4:25:31 PM

35 children drawings to be made into mosaic murals

A children's painting competition featuring legends in the Hung Kings era such as Au Co The Fairy Goddess, Great Father Lac Long Quan, Son Tinh (Spirit of the Mountain) and Thuy Tinh (Spirit of the Sea), Thanh Giong (God Giong), was held in order to select the best drawings for Hanoi Ceramic road.

At the exhibition. Photo provided by Thuy.

Hanoi Ceramic road is a interrupted wall of ceramic mural, embedded on the city dike, West of the Red river. The mural consists of dozens of paintings about local legends, history, peace messages, children drawings, and Hanoi beauties.

From nearly 200 drawings from children aged 5 to 12 years old submitted to the contest, 35 paintings were selected to the final with two first prizes, four second prizes, eight third prizes and 11 consolation prizes.

According to Nguyen Thu Thuy, a Vietnamese artist famous for community art works and Director of New Hanoi Arts Co. Ltd., the topic relating to historical and mythical figures requires the young painters to think and imagine a lot. Through their innocent eyes and rich imagination, the familiar historical legends are described so lovingly.

35 paintings selected to the final are currently on display at New Hanoi Arts Studio (No. 43, Street 5, F361 An Duong street, Tay Ho district, Hanoi).

The exhibition will last until September 29 and is open daily from 9am to 4:30 pm.

Moreover, their paintings will be made into mosaic murals, becoming a part of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural in Nghi Tam Street, an important road supply from Noi Bai airport into the city center.

This idea of Nguyen Thu Thuy, a journalist of culture and arts was conceived in the idea of transforming Hanoi’s dike system into a cultural carpet instead of the grey boring concrete dike. Although the dike is believed to be 800 years old to protect Hanoians from floods, it is now truly an excellent work of art, taking advantage of Vietnam’s rich history and that Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural is the brainchild of the wonderfully eclectic contemporary times.

After a long time embracing this dream, Thuy turned it into reality by many practical steps, she started by presenting her project using Photoshop images at the Hanoi Embellishment Exhibition in March 2007, and of course, the project was received enthusiastically. After that, she launched the New Hanoi Arts organization, together with her partner, to oversee the implementation of the project.

This mosaic wall is the largest mosaic art in the world and it received recognition in October 2010 by Guinness Book of World Records for the longest mosaic mural in a public space.

After the construction of the An Duong-Thanh Nien overpass in Tay Ho District finished, with a length of 1,100m, Nghi Tam concrete wall in the future will have about 300m for more ceramic murals./.

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