Last Saturday on the 7th July 2012, I ran an event ‘Pure Art’ for my MA by Practice at Birmingham City University took place at Second City Suite, Birmingham. The event has attracted over 70 participants and I also had the pleasure to welcome Mr. and Mrs. Kirk there. More surprisingly, I was kindly offered by Mrs. Junying Kirk to have a post on her blog. Thanks to Junying for giving this privilege to a newcomer like me ^.^
The event was aimed to showcase the Sand Art from Vietnam. Since my arrival in the UK, I have come to see that most of the British people and other nationals living in the UK have no idea about my home country, except the war with France and US. Therefore I believe that it is necessary to say a few words about the new Vietnam, from a modern perspective.
Vietnam is a tropical country situated in the South-East Asia, bordered with China, Laos and Cambodia. Vietnamese people are very intelligent, hard-working and hospitable. Motorbike is the most popular choice of transport of the country but with the economical development, more and more people wish to own a car for traveling.
We are proud to own two World Natural Heritage Sites, Ha Long Bay in the North and Phong Nha KeBang National Park in the Midland. However, if you come to the South, you’ll have the chance to discover many desolate and primeval beaches that have never suffered human exploitation. We have most impressive landscapes such as Mui Ne, Con Dao or Phu Quoc.
Interestingly, Sand Painting was accidentally created from sand hill in the so-called ‘Hawaii of Vietnam’, Mui Ne. After 11 years of development, this type of sand art has been adored and favored by many foreign tourists when they visited the country.
To be honest, I learnt about Sand Art only seven months ago, when I returned to Vietnam for the Lunar New Year. A chance meeting with Sand Artist Thuy Van gave me a new idea very quickly – introducing this unique and special art to the British people on a special occasion, in this case, ‘Welcome the Queen to West Midlands’ in her Diamond Jubilee year. The painting took nearly three months to complete, weighing 160 kilos and is the world’s biggest portrait in sand painting.
You can find out more about the journey to this record sand painting of Vietnamese artist Thuy Van via the video HERE.
Phuong Vy sand painting progress – how to make a masterpiece
Beside the Queen’s sand painting, the event also introduced another stunning performance in sand animation by Vietnamese artist Tri Duc. This is absolutely a highly entertaining art form which led to rapturous applauses at the show.
Tri Duc expertly explored the story of Queen’s 60-year-on-throne with his ingenious hands to control tiny sands, with magnificent music to match and his passion for the art he has created. Sharing with participants on the “Pure Art” stage, the artist informed us that he had spent a lot of time in researching about Her Majesty’s life and having printed out over 1,000 pictures to form the best frames for his wonderful performance.
Queen Elizabeth II, Part One
Queen Elizabeth II Part Two
Once again I’d like to thank Junying for giving me a chance to introduce Vietnamese sand art with her beloved readers.
Bio: Luu Hoang Phuong, popularly known as Luna, will finish her MA Media and Creative Enterprise course at Birmingham City University in September, 2012, with a distinction grade (expected :)) She plans to develop her career in marketing/PR industry. As a passionate and challenge-embraced person, Luna loves to discover new things, and enjoys networking with like-minded people. She will try her best to attain ambitious goals.
Junying’s Note: I was absolutely blown away by the Sand Animation Live Show by the Vietnamese artist Tri Duc. Please watch the video clips above and be amazed!
Luna, you have my utmost appreciation for taking us in a virtual guided tour of your beautiful country Vietnam, and for introducing amazing Vietnamese art to the rest of the world. I can’t wait to visit Vietnam, to explore its beautiful landscape and get to know her people. I wish you luck, happiness and success. Dream big and aim high, young lady!