More than a year ago, the project with the theme of “Truong Sa –Vietnamese Sea and Islands Of Love ” includes a large ceramic national flag on the roof of a house and 4 ceramic pictures in Truong Sa Lon island of Truong Sa district, Khanh Hoa province. The project began in late February/2012 and completed in June, 2012. The projectors are painter Nguyen Thu Thuy and her partners including artist Doan Son, Pham Viet Hong Lam, Bui Viet Dian, and 30 artists working at Nghe Thuat Tan Hanoi Company.
Once again Vietnamese ceramic art set its new record thanks to ceramic Vietnamese National Flag located on the roof of the building at the center Truong Sa Lon Vietnam. The Vietnam Book of Records awarded Certification ‘The largest ceramic Fatherland’s Flag’ with an area of 310m2. The flag made of 310,000 small ceramic mosaic (3cm x 3cm) and weighs 3.5 tons. The flag was designed using digital visual effects. Thus the Vietnamese national flag looks impressive and outstanding – the red color of the flag stands out among the immense green of the trees and the blue of the sea. “Here is Vietnam, My homeland!”
The artists also completed 4 ceramic painting on two walls of 2.8 m in height and 9m in length) towards the central runway of the Truong Sa Lon island. The paintings depict the long history of the ancient and present Vietnamese people living and working hard in Hoang Sa and Truong Sa Islands. At the center of the picture is a map of Vietnam. Besides the paintings feature scared and symbolic images such as dragons of Ly Dynasty, Khue Van Cac, One Pillar Pagoda of Hanoi, Thien Mu Pagoda of Hue, My Son Cham towers, Nha Rong Wharf, and the statue of Uncle Ho. The foreground of the paintings describes a long history of ethnic Vietnamese and their livings in the South China Sea through the Dong Son boats of King Hung Dynasty and large Vietnamese war boats against northern invaders during the Ly -Tran-Le-Nguyen Dynasties and Ho Chi Minh Era.
The power of national unity is fully expressed through the representative groups of intellectuals, workers and peasants, soldiers of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam standing at Navy fighters’ side in an attempt to protect the sovereignty of the country’s islands. The art work also describes beloved landscapes in Vietnam like the edge of a pond, rice straw, the root of the jackfruit tree; lotus flowers, peach flowers, apricot flowers. The paintings spotlight the Vietnam’s sea sovereignty and notice the rest of the world about that Vietnam has long-standing sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands . Senior Lieutenant Colonel Dinh Van Hai – The Deputy Director in Truong Sa Islands commented: “This is a brilliant idea! The contribution critically claims the country’s sovereignty thanks to art. The project also promotes the long traditional ceramic material of the ancient Vietnamese especially its long sustainability and longevity over time. ”
The author of the “Truong Sa Island – Vietnamese Sea and Islands Of Love” – Artist Nguyen Thu Thuy was awarded Certificate of Merit by the Ministry of Defense in February, 2013. At the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Mai Quang Phan, a member of the Party Central Committee, Vice Chairman of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People’s Army said: “The “Fatherland’s Flag and Ceramic Paintings” project reminds not only Vietnamese people but also the rest of the world of Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Truong Sa and Hoang Sa Islands. The project is greatly meaningful and dedicated to the generations now and forever. This is our land and we must preserve it and affirm our sovereignty to international friends “.