The Ratchaprasong Art Maze - Urban by Nature
Nature will spill from the minds of top Thai contemporary artists and into six innovative, site-specific installations to be discovered for an entire month along a skywalk in the heart of Bangkok.
From Oct. 13 through Nov. 13, art will leap out of the gallery and into the public sphere for the enjoyment of all at the Ratchaprasong.
Six artists – Sakarin Krue-On, Montri Toemsombat, Haritorn Akarapat, Ruangsak Anuwatwimon, Noraset Vaisayakul and Sophie Kao Arya – will transform the skywalk between the BTS Chitlom station and Central World with their interpretations of nature in an urban space for this celebration of Thai creativity.
A few steps down from Chitlom station discover nature and futurist fantasy fused in Montri Toemsombat’s bamboo vehicle. Next, stride through Ruangsak Anuwatwimon’s sculpted vessels containing the holiness and fragility of the earth before poring over a heavenly landscape of sacred delights in Noraset Vaisayakul’s detailed miniature world. Go on and risk eye-contact with the peculiar and unearthly heads of Haritorn Akarapat, let yourself flow through Sophie Kao Arya’s dazzling field of suspended flowers, where the universe can be found in every hand-painted fractal petal and finally meet six dancers from another world and time by way of Sakarin Krue-On.
Nature’s heart beats at the core of this in-situ exhibition which tasked the artists to work with local craftsmen and materials while juggling notions of what nature means to us, now. The results are nothing less than barometers of ecological attunement. Whether conceptual, thought provoking, critical or poetic, the works are infused with the six artists’ very personal approaches to the theme. The event also serves as a great introduction to some of the most prominent contemporary Thai artists and their contributions toward shifting how we relate to nature.
The Ratchaprasong Art Maze is an annual event by the Ratchaprasong Square Association and supported by TAT, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, under the project Thailand Art Walk.
The Art Maze 2016, Urban by Nature was conceived and curated by Myrtille Tibayrenc, director of the Toot Yung Gallery and co-director of the Bukruk Urban Arts Festival.