Italian-Thai relations celebrated
In addition to the 69 events spanning 299 days of the year within the framework of the Italian Festival in Thailand 2018 Special Edition, the Embassy of Italy will donate a sculpture to the city of Bangkok to celebrate the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Called Alveo, the Italian-Thai friendship sculpture will be placed in Lumpini Park, opposite the Chinese Pavilion, Rama IV, on Saturday. The inauguration ceremony will be presided over by Italian ambassador Francesco Saverio Nisio and prominent Thai authorities, starting at 5.30pm.
Designed by Komsan Phetsit, the model for the work was the winning entry in a contest organised by Silpakorn University, established in 1943 by the Italian-born professor and sculptor Corrado Feroci/Silpa Bhirasri, founding father of modern Thai art.
Alveo, the title chosen by the artist, is a contemporary 3m-high bronze sculpture representing a gondola (traditional Italian boat) and an e-pong (traditional Thai boat) above vertical segments that recall the architectures of both countries reflected in the water.
The art piece symbolises the common ties binding Italy and Thailand through water as a unifying element. Indeed, Bangkok has been often called the “Venice Of The East” due to the canals that characterise the layout of both cities. Historically, such canals have been crucial in linking people and places. In the artist’s interpretation, they also connect the two cultures.
Those interested are invited to witness the unveiling of the friendship sculpture at the inauguration ceremony on Saturday.