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Floral museum blossoms
- Writer: Bangkok Post Editorial
- Published: August 10, 2012 at 8:39 am
Artist Sakul Intakul attains his long-cherished dream
Famed artist Sakul Intakul has at last fulfilled his long-cherished dream of opening a floral museum, the first of its kind in Thailand.
The Museum of Floral Culture opens this Sunday, Her Majesty the Queen's 80th birthday.
Located in the Sriyan area of Bangkok's Dusit district, it occupies a two-storey colonial style mansion in the embrace of an expansive botanical garden.
On display on its ground floor are objets d'art such as one labelled "The Secret Art of Shoka Floral Arrangement of Ikenobo" _ it is an ancient Japanese scroll dating back to 1756.
There are also rare photographs of floral culture sourced from the National Archives of Thailand; items used in floral arrangement, and related photographs from various countries including India, China, Egypt, Greece, England and France.
The highlight is a portrait of Their Majesties painted by ML Jirathorn Jiraprawat and presented as a gift to the museum.
One exhibition hall, "The Temple of Flowers", explores the inter-relationship between forests, sources of water, communities, people and floral culture, in Loei's Phu Suan Sai National Park, and communities around Wat Si Pho Chai in Saeng Pha village in the province's Na Haew district.
Visitors can appreciate the "how-to" process of traditional floral works ranging from garlands, floral pendants or kruang kwaen, and traditional flower decorations such as pan dok mai, baisri, krathong and ngan baitong _ all closely related to the traditional way of life and Thai culture.
In the museum's "Pen and Pencil Hall", Sakul has put on display a collection of his sketches, including the floral arrangement for the royal banquet held in the Grand Palace to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne in 2006.
Visitors will be impressed by the spacious botanical garden which is home to a wide variety of flowers and plants including white champaka, orange champaka, jasmine, orange jasmine, crown flower, gardenia crape jasmine and tanee banana tree. The garden is a good place for Thai youths to learn about these rare plants and see them up close.
"I would like to share my experience and joy with the world," Sakul said.
"The museum represents a lifetime of my commitment to flower culture _ from floral works and photographs of beautiful blossoms, to plants sourced from across the globe."
Speaking of his plans for the future, Sakul said he would like to transform the museum into an institute to facilitate learning and exchange of knowledge about plants and flowers, host workshops on flower arrangement, and hopefully provide scholarships to student keen to study and explore this side of our heritage.
Ancient Japanese scroll.