HÀ NỘI – Artist Thu Trần has opened an exhibition featuring a huge hexagon made of steel covered with colourful fabric illuminated by lights all over a hill, creating a vision of splendour in Sơn La Province.
The solo in-situ installation entitled Coming Back opened on January 9 in PAM Hill, in Chiềng Đi Village, Vân Hồ Commune, Vân Hồ District, Sơn La.
The hexagon signifies a loom with the organza the fabrics spilling out of it, adding beautiful strips of colour to the green and foggy hill. At night, multicoloured lights illuminate the sheer fabrics, adding even more dimensions to the artwork.
The artist, originally from Thanh Oai District of Hà Nội, has spent the majority of her life in the mountainous northwest.
The title Coming Back refers to her return to herself, her childhood and Mother Nature and she said the abstract art piece aims to blend in with nature.
The idea for this installation came from her encounter with Phó An My, a great pianist who recently relocated to Sơn La, where Thu Trần spent her formative years. It was Phó An My and her attempt to breathe new life into traditional folk music that inspired Thu Trần to return home and to create contemporary art.
While this isn’t her first exhibition using organza or the theme of weaving, Thu Trần felt especially connected to Phó An My and decided to place her artwork at PAM Hill Homestay.
Her mentor, Lý Trực Sơn, commented at the opening ceremony on Saturday night: “Thu Trần is an emotional, yet strong and stouthearted woman. To create art depends on a lot of emotions, but to install it like she did requires grit to complete the artwork.”
Thu Trần said: “The installation process took 11 challenging days to complete. Standing on steep hilltops, I stumbled and hurt myself countless times. The wind and rain sometimes blew the fabric away, requiring restoration. Coming Back posed great threats to my physical health.”
The patterns on the organza were inspired by local Mông and Thái ethnic motifs, with additional inspiration from groundwater flows, streams, springs and clouds.
Decorations set up to welcome 13th National Party Congress
HÀ NỘI — Hà Nội has been decorated with national flags, flowers, banners and posters to mark the 13th National Party Congress.
One of the most important events in the country, the 13th National Party Congress will take place from January 25 to February 2.
According to vice-chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Chử Xuân Dũng, decorations and preparations for the event are complete in all districts, major locations, streets, and at the headquarters of centrally-run and Hà Nội agencies.
National flags are also seen flying on buildings and houses in the city from January 15 to February 14.
The city has also completed the lighting decoration on 11 roads and installed architectural lights to decorate the overpass on Ring Road 3.
Before, during, and after the congress, thousands of officers and soldiers will be deployed to ensure security and safety. The city has assigned the Department of Information and Communications to receive the registration of domestic and international media reporters at the 13th Congress Press Centre.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Health has prepared conditions for medical assurance and COVID-19 pandemic prevention by measuring the body temperature of delegates and preparing first aid duty and mobile emergency teams.
In addition, the Hà Nội Department of Culture and Sports plans to hold 85 music shows to celebrate the 13th National Party Congress, the 91st founding anniversary of the Communist Party of Việt Nam (February 3), and approaching Tết (Lunar New Year holiday).
A special music show is scheduled for February 2 at Mỹ Đình National Stadium to celebrate the congress, which is expected to be attended by 15,000 people.
Decorations have been set up nationwide to celebrate the important political event.
The 13th National Party Congress will take place at the National Convention Centre in Hà Nội from January 25 to February 2, with the attendance of 1,587 delegates.
Learn how to love the environment at Trạm Xanh
HCM CITY — Trạm Xanh (Green Station) located on a small alley on Nguyễn Thái Bình Street in HCM City’s District 1 is a special green space that aims to inspire love for the environment.
At Trạm Xanh, launched by a group of young women, visitors have a chance to practice a green lifestyle with many items made of environmentally friendly materials.
The Green Station aims to promote a stable lifestyle by using ‘green’ products that do less damage to the environment.
Many visitors are impressed by the venue, which displays recycled products like handbags made of old jeans, blankets made of pieces of cloth, bamboo brushes, bamboo straws, bags made of lotus leaves, and more.
Visitors can also taste herbal teas made of natural ingredients and learn about natural detergents made from orange and pineapple peels.
Every month, Trạm Xanh organises film screenings about plastic waste, ecological agriculture, plants and the earth to provide visitors with more knowledge about the environment and promote a devotion to nature. —
Zipline tour in Yên Bái is must-do for adventurers
HCM CITY — Việt Nam’s longest zipline tour is a great way to see the beautiful mountains and rice fields of Văn Chấn and Mù Cang Chải districts in Yên Bái Province.
Aeris Hill amusement park in Tú Lệ Commune in Văn Chấn District recently launched the zipline tour service, stretching 1.2 kilometres. It offers a panoramic view popular with photographers and trekkers for its bucolic, majestic beauty.
A station at each end of the line alerts staff to ensure users land safely. The trip takes one to two minutes.
The second part of the zipline, stretching over 200 metres, requires the addition of a parachute on the customer’s back to slow them down.
Aeris Hill is open every day except Wednesday from 8.30am to 6pm. Tickets start at VNĐ200,000 (US$8.7) per person, which includes a zipline tour and other activities like zorbing, high rope games, and rock climbing. –
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