Sculpture in the Park

Jamie Wetherbe 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

By: Jamie Wetherbe

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, Thailand.

“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 the exposition.”

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.

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