Street art livens up APEC Summit

November 01, 2017 | 08:00
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ĐÀ NẴNG — An art space has been launched on the east side of the Rồng (Dragon) bridge in Trần Hưng Đạo Street as part of the city’s street art programme in hosting the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit on November 5-11.
Murals: A pedestrian walks past a mural on concrete beams of the Dragon Bridge on the Hàn River bank. - VNS Photo Công Thành

Artist Phan Thanh Hải from the city’s Culture and Arts College told Việt Nam News that a group of lecturers and students spent 10 days completing murals on a set of concrete columns, beams and girders under the bridge.

“We turned rough concrete columns of the bridge into colourful art spaces that sent tourists and pedestrians snapping photos while walking,” Hải said.

“The art space connects with food courts, cafés and an art performance stage on the east side of the bridge into an entertainment for visitors on the Hàn River banks,” he said.

Hải said the programme, which started on October 21, includes free portrait painting and calligraphy for tourists as well as an exhibition of mixed printing making 3D and art installations.

Artists decorated concrete columns and beams with lively ocean scenery using 3D art, featuring the rich biodiversity of the Sơn Trà Nature Reserve in the Sơn Trà peninsula.

Last year, college artists also debuted two paintings, which were recognised as the largest acrylics on canvas in Việt Nam, in a pedestrian tunnel on the west side of the Rồng (Dragon) bridge in Bạch Đằng street on the Hàn River bank.

Another group of sculptors and artists are decorating a 1.5km concrete sea dyke wall in Mỹ Khê beach with paintings and ceramic mosaics as an art space and tourist attraction.

In May, a mural created by artist Nguyễn Thị Thu Thủy and her colleagues from the New Hà Nội Art Company located at Đà Nẵng International Airport won a bronze medal at the 10th International Design Awards (IDA).


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