Twenty international sculptors rendered their masterpieces in
commemoration of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand as
parts of “Sculpture in the Park,” a highlighted feature of “Royal
Flora Ratchaphruek 2006,” International Horticultural Exposition
for His Majesty the King (Nov. 1-Jan. 31) in Chiang Mai,
“Sculpture in the Park is a concerted effort of both Thai and
international sculptors whose common goal is to celebrate His
Majesty the King’s 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne
and his 80th birthday,” said Nonthiwat Chantanapalin, president of
the Thai Sculptor Association.
Out of the 20 sculptors, 10 are Thai, while the other 10 are
from Bolivia, India, Russia, Croatia, Japan, Canada, Italy, Mexico,
Korea and the U.S.
“All of the sculptures are created exclusively for the expo,”
Nonthiwat added. “There are 20 sculptures built with metal-welding
and painting techniques. Each is between five to seven meters high.
The sculptors worked together to create these masterpieces Lamphun
and Chiang Mai provinces then brought the completed sculptures to
One of the pieces was created by Alber de Matteis, a well-known
artist from the U.S. The sculpture is named “The Rainmaker’s
Symphony” and was inspired by the meditative and graceful forms of
the Buddhist Mandalas.
Each sculpture is located to complement its surroundings across
the expo ground, and officials hope the project will help promote
the talent of the Thai sculptors to the international level.