Ratchaprasong and TAT reveal an art downtown to reinforce its status as the ultimate “art destination” in “The Ratchaprasong Art Maze at Ratchaprasong Skywalk”
Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA) in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launch a mega campaign “Thailand Art Walk” at the heart of Bangkok, starting with “The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk”, an in-situ exhibition of six installation arts by six top contemporary artists under the concept “Urban by Nature”. By working with local craftsmen and materials, the artists have infused the works with their personal approaches and interpreted according to the context of urban space. Whether conceptual, thought provoking, critical or poetic, the works are infused with the artists’ very personal approaches to the concept. The Ratchaprasong Skywalk is transformed into a walk through an in-situ art maze to greet Thai and international visitors alike from 13 October to 13 November 2016.
Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “This year, TAT has prepared an art-themed event under the campaign “Thailand Art Walk” to elevate the status of Thai art and Thai artists internationally through various art pieces that invite visitors to explore and enjoy. There are three art events under this campaign during October to November, starting with The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk, presenting conceptual nature-infused arts to urban space. The second event is Art for the King, an art event that portrays Thais’ love toward the King under the concept “Breath of all People”, which will be exhibited during October 18-20, 2016 at CentralWorld. The final event is The Art Experiences, take place duringOctober 21-23, 2016, exhibiting ancient photographs, contemporary arts and a multidisciplinary art that will encourage people to travel in and around Thailand. As the first event of “Thailand Art Walk” campaign, The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk is a great start for Thailand in presenting art to Thai and international visitors through the context of Thai way of life, Thai society and Thai culture. Therefore, the visitors can truly understand Thai artists’ perception toward nature, environment and urban lifestyle, under the concept “Urban by Nature”. TAT is delighted to offer support in lifestyle activities and campaigns in order to boost tourism industry in and around Thailand together with the economy of the Ratchaprasong district.”
Mr. Chai Srivikorn, the President of Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), said, “RSTA in collaboration with the TAT reinforce Ratchaprasong District as the definitive art destination in the heart of Bangkok by presenting “The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk” during 13 October to 13 November 2016. The curator of this festival is Ms. Myrtille Tibayrenc, the Director of Toot Yung Gallery and Co-Director of Bukruk Urban Arts Festival. “The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk” is an in-situ exhibition of six installation arts under the concept of “Urban by Nature” by six top contemporary artists; Montri Toemsombat, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, Noraset Vaisayakul, Haritorn Akarapat, Sakarin Krue-On and Sophie Kao Arya. They have been tasked to work with local craftsmen and materials based on their interpretations of nature in an urban space. The results are nothing less than barometers of ecological attunement. Whether conceptual, thought provoking, critical or poetic, the works are infused with the artists’ very personal approaches to the event’s concept. “The Ratchaprasong Skywalk” is transformed into a walk through in-situ art maze to greet Thai and international visitors and let them ignite a dialogue on their attitudes toward nature among urban space. In this art festival, RSTA also presents special activities and shows including craft workshop, live painting, fashion show, and eco market for visitors to shop eco-friendly products.”
Mr. Chai Srivikorn, added, “Ratchaprasong Bangkok Downtown is an important business district of Thailand as it caters to both business and leisure travelers. We offer various lifestyles through campaigns and activities to attract visitors throughout the year, to reaffirm our status as the ultimate lifestyle destination. We came up with an art-themed festival in 2013, in which we presented 3D art created by Thai and international artists. Visitors had a chance to enjoy 3D art pieces and this art-themed event became internationally famous, attracting visitors to other “art-themed” events in the following years.”
Six installation arts exhibited along “The Ratchaprasong Skywalk” includes;
|Artists||Location||Details of artworks|
|Montri Toemsombat||on skywalk in front of Amarin Plaza||The Long Way Home : A parallel universe
The local craftsmen installation made from bamboo which was interpreted from the meaning of the artist’s hometown, Chaoyaphum, revealing the alteration way of life by turning towards the city
|Ruangsak Anuwatwimon||on skywalk in front of Gaysorn Shopping Centre||Paradox Legendary
The collection of soil in Thailand and molded in group of highly erected and unstable sculptures as to remind the future generations their base civilization.
|Noraset Vaisayakul||on skywalk above Ratchaprasong intersect||Land of Heaven
The giant wooden box in which the public can enter to witness a model representing Thailand’s natural landscapes, urging the viewer to act responsibly towards their preservation.
|Haritorn Akarapat||on skywalk in front of Zen Department store @CentralWorld||On Human Nature
The hypnotic massive plaster sculptures which confront the viewers to awaken them from a routine of “spectacular” images being fed in consumerist society.
|on skywalk in front of the main entrance of CentralWorld||Six Dancers
Paper Mache sculptures of women from another generation shows a popular dance form in the past, sensing the replacement of community by individualistic endeavors.
|Sophie Kao Arya||on skywalk in front of Groove @CentralWorld||Fractal Flowers
The creation of a poetic suspended field of peculiar flowers, using technique of fractal paint, reflect as a world in itself meant to be part of a bigger realm.
Enjoy conceptual contemporary art that ignite a dialogue among audiences on the attitudes toward nature in the largest art-themed festival of the year, “The Ratchaprasong ART MAZE at Ratchaprasong Skywalk”, from today to November 13. Learn more atwww.facebook.com/weloveratchaprasong, www.bkkdowntown.com and via Ratchaprasong mobile application or dial TAT call center at 1672.