Inauguration of a mural depicting Vietnam-US friendship in Hanoi
The mural (25m by 1.8m) is by painter Nguyen Thu Thuy and her staff at the Tan Hanoi Company. Thuy is an author of the mural Ceramic Road by Red River.
Painter Nguyen Thu Thuy with the ceramic mural ''Tinh huu nghi Viet My". (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thu Thuy)
The mural starts with the spectacular landscape of the Grand Canyon, a massive gorge located in the state of Arizona.
“The rocky mountain complex can change colours magically according to sunlight and weather. Sometimes the whole mountain area turns red and pink, sometimes everything turns purple. That magical phenomenon of nature has inspired many artists to express themselves in their paintings,” said Thuy.
She used colourful ceramic pieces to depict the changing colours of the Grand Canyon.
The mural also shows the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Empire State Building in New York. They are highlighted on the national flag of the US.
Other symbols monuments in the mural are the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore, where the portraits of presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln are carved onto the granite surface.
On the other part of the mural, thousands of ceramic pieces are combined together to depict the fantastic view of Ha Long Bay. It’s the highlight of the artwork along with images of the Temple of Literature, the lotus ponds of Hanoi and the national flag of Vietnam.
Painter Thuy also presented US Ambassador Marc E. Knapper with a water-coloure painting of the Grand Canyon, a draft she made before making the mural. According to Thuy, the mural serves as a bridge to enhance mutual understanding and strengthen friendship between the two countries.
Receiving the painting, Ambassador Knapper said: “Vietnam and the US proudly possessed two natural wonders, the Grand Canyon and Ha Long Bay. I expect that these similarities in culture, landscape and history will help us enhance mutual understanding. Together we preserve and promote values favoured by nature.”
The US-Vietnam Co-operation Centre is located at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV), 69 Chua Lang street, Hanoi.