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The late King inspires art

Amrit Chusuwan’s installation was inspired by the famous Chaipattana Aerator from the Chaipattana Foundation. The aerator is a device for adding oxygen to polluted water, helping to clean it. Photos courtesy of Varuth Hirunyatheb

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The late King inspires an art exhibition.

In order to commemorate His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre is showing Earth Water Forest Air. This special exhibition is a collaboration of artists, photographers, designers, architects and citizens working in formats including painting, sculpture, installation art and video.

The exhibition is inspired by the late King’s concerns about sustainability in the economy and the environment. Alongside quotes from the late King are a range of artworks which focus on environmental preservation, economic sustainability and social awareness.

Created by Noraset Vaisayakui, this installation represents a forest divided in two — a virgin forest and a degraded forest. It is a reminder of the damage that we are causing to the environment and of our need to protect nature.

This painting by artist Vasan Sitthiket reflects how Thailand’s natural heritage is threatened by the Krabi-Tepha power plant. The plant seems to be in direct opposition to His Majesty King Bhumibol’s teachings on protecting nature.

This piece features elephant models and videos about the activities in Tambon Kuet Chang, Chiang Mai, led by community leader Sateean Jaikam. Sateean launched the ecotourism project Thai Elephant Home, which allows visitors to experience life in the community. Tourists also support local crafts, bringing much-needed extra income to the community.

Issan artist Jadet Tongfueng’s piece focuses on the Royal Rainmaking Project, which has helped farmers to deal with drought. The Issan jars symbolise rain.

This exhibit tells the story of community leader Prayong Ronnarong from Mairiang, Nakhon Si Thammarat, who created a network for rubber farmers to develop latex products and set up their own rubber-processing plants. For his work, he received the 2004 Ramon Magsaysay Award for community leadership.

Earth Water Forest Air can be seen on the seventh floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre until November 12. The venue’s opening hours are 10 am to 9 pm on Tuesday to Sunday. Admission is free.

Vocabulary:

architect : a person whose job is to design new buildings and make certain that they are built correctly - สถาปนิก

awareness : knowing that something exists, or having knowledge or experience of a particular thing - การรับรู้, การทราบ, ความตระหนัก

collaboration : working together with someone else - การร่วมมือ

commemorate : to remember officially and give respect to a great person or event, especially by a public ceremony or by making a statue or special building - ฉลอง (เพื่อเป็นการระลึกถึง)

community : the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน

concerns : worries - ความกังวล

craft (noun): an activity involving a special skill at making things with your hands - การทำงานศิลปะด้วยมือ

degrade : to make something become worse, especially in quality - ทำให้ด้อยค่า, ทำให้ลดคุณค่า, ทำให้ต่ำต้อย

drought (noun): a long period of time when there is little or no rain - ฝนแล้ง, ภัยแล้ง, ความแห้งแล้ง)

economy : the relationship between production, trade and the supply of money in a particular country or region - เศรษฐกิจ

ecotourism : the business of organizing holidays to places that people do not usually visit in a way which helps local people and does not damage the environment - การท่องเที่ยวเชิงอนุรักษ์

environment : a place, including all the physical conditions that affect it, in this case the environment on a computer screen, i.e., its interface - อินเตอร์เฟส สภาพแวดล้อม

exhibit : an object or a work of art put in a public place, for example a museum, so that people can see it - ของที่แสดง

exhibition : a public show where art or other interesting things are put so that people can go and look at them - นิทรรศการ งานแสดง

format : the arrangement, design or organisation of something - รูปแบบ

heritage : features belonging to the culture of a particular society, such as traditions, languages or buildings, which still exist from the past and which have a historical importance - มรดก

income : money that someone gets from working or from investing money - รายได้

inspire : to give people a particular feeling or a desire to do somethng - จุดประกาย

late : dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว

launch (verb): to start something - เริ่มต้น, เปิดโครงการ, เริ่มทำ

network : a large system of connected parts, organisations, people, etc. - เครือข่าย

opposition (noun): fighting against an opponent; being against something/someone - การต่อต้าน, การคัดค้าน

preservation : keeping something as it is, especially in order to prevent it from being damaged or destroyed - การสงวน

project : a planned piece of work that is designed to find information about something, to produce something new, or to improve something - โครงการ

protect : to make sure that something is not harmed or damaged - ปกป้อง, ป้องกัน

quote : the words that someone has spoken or written - คำอ้างอิง

reminder : something that helps you remember something that happened in the past - สิ่งช่วยเตือนความจำ

sculpture : a solid object that someone makes as a work of art by shaping a substance such as stone, metal, wood or sand - รูปปั้น

sustainability (noun): can continue doing activity for a long time - ย่างยั่งยืน

symbolise : to represent something; to be a symbol of something - เป็นสัญลักษณ์, เป็นเครื่องแสดง

virgin forest (noun): a forest in its natural state, never having been used by humans - ป่าดิบ

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