return icon Vietnamnet.vn

HCM City in urgent need of public art space

Installation of art in public places in Vietnam is essential to the development of smart cities and their cultural life, Ho Chi Minh City’s artists and cultural experts have said.

 

 

{keywords}
Nguyen Hue pedestrian street in HCM City's District 1 hosts many entertainment and cultural activities (Photo: nld.com.vn)

 

Public art using materials such as wood and plaster began to appear in numerous places in HCM City around 50 years ago. Even though public art works did not gain much attention at the time, they have become more important now that the city has grown significantly.

“About 20 years ago, I sent a proposal to the HCM City People’s Committee and suggested transforming the two sides of Nhieu Loc Canal into a statue garden inspired by Hung Vuong (Hung Kings) and up to the current era,” artist Trang Phuong said.

“I also suggested building bridges that have cultural and artistic values. This proposal is not too expensive, considering that bridges typically have the same structure. However, 20 years have passed and those plans have not been executed,” he added.

As the economy develops, authorities should pay more attention to public art space when carrying out architectural planning, he said. Otherwise, the public would suffer a great cultural loss.

In addition to wall paintings, HCM City has introduced “blooming” electrical poles in which the poles are decorated with paintings of colourful flowers in an effort to encourage locals to save the environment. However, this has generated mixed opinions among locals.

“HCM City already has a street that sells lights during the Lantern Festival. Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street is famous for traditional medicine, and Catholic neighborhoods are decorated very beautifully every Christmas season,” said Dr. Le Hong Phuoc from the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities.

He suggested that HCM City should have fixed art spaces for locals to have more cultural activities and visitors to have more options for sightseeing.

“Gia Dinh Park, where the Phuong Nam Art Theatre’s circus is located, could become a park for puppet and circus art, while the alley next to Thu Do Theatre could be turned into a space for locals who love the art of hat boi,” he added.

Meritorious Artist and Director Ca Le Hong said that public artworks reflect various cultural identities of Vietnam throughout the course of history. Quality public art spaces can improve locals’ artistic sense and enrich their lives, Hong added.

Experts agreed that public art is not necessarily captured in the form of architectural monuments, but via music festivals and various types of street art.

Authorities should make use of old factories, bus stops, new urban areas, and parks, among other platforms, to install artwork for people to enjoy.

Phuoc suggested that in addition to Nguyen Van Binh Book Street, HCM City should consider making Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street a public art space for local artists in different fields to express their creativity. Public art space is not just about architectural monuments, but creativity in various forms, Phuoc said./. VNA

MORE NEWS

Foreign hi-tech firms expand investment in Vietnamese market

Molex, the world’s leading supplier of connectors and interconnect components, has unveiled its ambitions to expand its existing manufacturing plant in the Vietnamese market by developing its plant in Hanoi.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS OCTOBER 4

Hai Phong lures more than 1.24 billion USD in first nine months

Vietnam rakes in US$16.05 billion from tourism in nine months

Vietnam earned some 394.2 trillion VND (16.05 billion USD) from tourism in the first nine months of this year, equivalent to 78% of the figure recorded in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES OCTOBER 4

Vietnam invests in 10 energy technologies

Vietnamese poetry collection published in Canada

A poetry collection from five female translators based in Hanoi, entitled Ngũ Sắc Ánh Sáng (5 Sights of Light), has been introduced to Canadian readers by Ukiyoto Publishing.

Multi-billion thermal power project needs more capital

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has asked for ministries' opinions on solutions to problems related to the balance sheet of the Vung Ang 1 thermal-power plant.

The best September photos on VietNamNet

Hot air balloons with the Vietnamese national flag of 1,800m2 on the banks of the Saigon River, Typhoon Noru making landfall in Quang Nam Province, the roofs of many houses being blown away...

BSR to expand Dung Quat Oil Refinery

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) has asked Binh Son Refining and Petrochemical JSC (BSR) to clarify some issues related to its project on expanding Dung Quat Oil Refinery.

Dutch conductor to lead concert at Opera House

Conductor Leon Bosch from the Netherlands will lead a concert featuring masterpieces by European composers at the HCM City Opera House on Saturday, October 8.

‘578’ to represent Vietnam at Oscars

An action film starring Miss Universe Vietnam 2018, H'hen Niê, 578: Phát Đạn Của Kẻ Điên (578: Magnum), has been selected as Vietnamese representative at the 95th Oscars, 2023.

USD surges to VND24,000, US$1.7 billion withdrawn from circulation

The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) withdrew nearly VND41 trillion ($1.7 billion) through open market operations as the US dollar rose to over VND24,000 on September 26-30, 2022.

HCM City to build a series of new traffic projects

HCM City is speeding up procedures to start the construction of key traffic works at gateways by the end of the year, according to HCM City's Department of Transport.

Burning garbage in Hanoi threatens residents' health, property

There have been consecutive fires caused by people's poor awareness, who were burning garbage and straw in residential areas, causing fires recently in Hanoi.

New cargo airline still waiting for license

After the Prime Minister agrees on the establishment of IPP Air Cargo, the Ministry of Transport (MOT) will implement procedures to grant a license to the air carrier, according to MOT Deputy Minister Le Dinh Tho.

Master plan for Mekong Delta focuses on infrastructure development

The Master Plan for the Mekong Delta designed for 2021-2030, with a vision to 2050, is focused on infrastructure development.
back_to_top