16 artists “turned” the garbage road at the foot of the Long Bien Bridge into a unique work of art


For a long time, along the left bank of the Red River, located at the foot of Long Bien bridge, it has become the “residence” of many living livelihoods. With the discarded utensils, 16 artists have “transformed” the road that was dubbed the “garbage road” to become beautiful and lively.

Recently, the appearance of Phuc Tan, Hoan Kiem and Hanoi wards has many changes and flourishes. One of them is the change of appearance of the riverside road, which is also the residence of many households from other provinces to live. Located close to the foot of Long Bien Bridge, this area was previously a place where many household waste, industrial waste …

People living around this area are extremely admired and excited when the garbage road behind the house has now turned into a community art space with many beautiful works and works. Children in the neighborhood also have a place to play and cool.

This project is called “Phuc Tan public art project”. The work was put into use with the purpose of renovating the protective corridor wall along the Red River in Phuc Tan Ward, Hoan Kiem, located at the foot of Long Bien Bridge. The project is the idea and effort of 16 young artists like Nguyen Tran Uu Dam, Vuong Van Thao, Nguyen Ngoc Lam …

Following the success of the public art project on Phung Hung Street, this project is inspired by the very unique terrain, where many historical and cultural elements of Thang Long Ke Cho land intersect. . This place used to be a busy trading and trading place, witnessed every flood every season the water rose, associated with the memories of so many generations of people.

The message of environmental protection is nicely integrated

“The Red River’s Dragon” is a work of Diego Cortiza, with this installation, he collects discarded chickens at Long Bien Market to create colorful lanterns illuminating the painted dragon. on the wall, lining up broken mirrors into Long Bien sphere
The work “broken history” by Vuong Van Thao was arranged from 36 ceramic plates 30cm in diameter, interacting with the story of the ancient village making pottery along the river – Bat Trang Pottery Village. The art depicts the silhouettes of village communal houses in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, which were broken into fragments. It was then pieced together in gold as a reflection of the lost cultural values of history and raised questions about the conduct of this era with those heritage values.

Mr. Nguyen The Son – art curator of the project and also one of 16 artists involved in creating the work said: he was awarded the title of the People’s Committee of Hoan Kiem district “to turn the landfill area into an art destination.” under the project “Improving banks on the banks of the Red River”. He came up with the idea last summer with other artists.

Mr. Phung Van Quan – a longtime resident in this area shared: “In the past, this road was a gathering place for domestic waste so it stank and smelled very bad. Since the construction of works of art, the path has been much better. We are also more aware in preserving and protecting the landscape to have a place to live and play.

Hopefully, the model of public space artwork will be spread to many other areas, contributing to making the capital become green – clean – more beautiful!

Photos and articles: Ngoc Anh

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