Early this month, the 80-ton statue of Thanh Giong at the peak of Da Chong Mountain in Phu Linh Commune, Soc Son District, Hanoi was nearly finished. On an area of 10,000 square meters, workers worked hard to try to fulfill the project at the end of August. Tourist services, including guest houses, small restaurants and auxiliary decorations, are also being developed around the site.
Hanoi Museum, in My Dinh Commune, Tu Liem District, is entering the final phase of construction. Located near the National Convention Center, the museum covers an area of about 54,000 square meters and has an investment of more than VND2.3 trillion.
The museum will have the shape of an upside-down four-storied pyramid built by GMP International GmbH-Inros Lackner AG, a German company. Expected to open on October 9, the museum will display artifacts arranged in three themes. The natural conditions of Hanoi, Thang Long culture in Ly and Tran dynasties and Dai Viet culture will be represented on the first and second floors while the third and the fourth floors will feature artists’ collections.
Another important project that is worth mentioning is the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural. Work on the decoration of the road is currently conducted by Italian artist Guiseppe Mastropierro and local artists of Tan Ha Noi Arts Company. The ceramic mosaic section highlights the similarities and differences between Vietnamese and Italian cultures through images of sacred objects in the literature and history of the two countries. Vietnamese culture is represented via the image of a big golden-shell turtle, holding a sword in its mouth presenting the legend of Ho Guom (the Sword Lake); One-Pillar Pagoda and Khue Van Cac (Pavilion of Constellation of Literature).
Meanwhile, a blue dragon stretching over the Coloseum arena with Leonardo Da Vinci’s portrait and the painting La Jaconde on its body is considered the symbol of Italy.
Early last month, a 65-square-meter ceramic picture of vivid colors and images displaying the typical features of Argentina was unveiled. The picture is set right under the Long Bien bridge pier and stretches 25 meters along the embankment. It depicts the lively colored lines of Tango dances and beautiful sceneries of the tropical country of Argentina.
As a cultural community project that gained much public attention in the past two years, the ceramic road attracts the active participation and enthusiasm of international and local artists who use many kinds of ceramics from famous craft villages, such as Bat Trang, Chu Dau, Binh Duong, Vinh Long and Bau Truc.