Ital­ian-Thai re­la­tions cel­e­brated

Bangkok Post - - LIFE / HAPPENING -

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.

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