The mosaic artwork that runs along Hanoi’s dyke road has faced a more severe deterioration despite being restored.
Construction started in 2007 and the mosaic was finished a few days before the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi in 2010. It runs for about 6,500 square metres through Tay Ho, Ba Dinh, Hoan Kiem and Hai Ba Trung districts. Much of the art was done by Vietnamese and foreign children and artists.
Earlier, the Hanoi People's Committee has approved a VND2.5 billion (USD110,200) plan to repair the ceramic mosaic mural which will be expanded to reach Nhat Tan Bridge.
Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest ceramic mosaic in 2010.
The mural underwent maintenance and a major overhaul in 2015. It is damaged by weather and vandalism.
The dilapidation has worsened recently.
It is easy to see cracks along the road.
The degradation has caused the paintings to be distorted.
Some sections of the work have seen signals to be affected by smoke which is due to litre burning.
Le Thi Nhan, a vendor near the road, said that she had seen many people burning rubbish there at night.
“Local authorities should install cameras to protect the ceramic mural,” Nhan added.
In many cases, the place has also been turned into a dumping site.
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