Bud­dha & the Beach

Moscow-based artist Gleb on his Sol­nt­sev re­cent trip to Phuket, Thai­land

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My friend and I rented scoot­ers

and drove up to the 147-foot-tall Big Bud­dha statue in the Nakkerd Hills. At the time it was cov­ered in scaold­ing. I love con­struc­tion sites as they re­mind me of skele­tons, as if the bones of a huge an­i­mal are be­ing put to­gether. I wanted to cap­ture the unique mo­ment, know­ing once it was fin­ished it would stand in per­fect form, just as the ar­chi­tect planned.

We wanted to find some­where re­mote

and un­touched. We started chat­ting with some lo­cals, and they told us about a se­cret beach. It was di…cult to find, but we emerged from the jun­gle onto an empty beach with clear, still water and a tiny café. It was com­pletely empty, so I sketched in the shade, with only mos­qui­toes for com­pany.

“I love to sketch. For me it’s one of the best ways to plunge into the mo­ment, and it helps me re­mem­ber a place so much more than tak­ing a quick photo with my phone.”

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