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Scene4 Magazine: Arts of Thailand - Sculpture | The Three Dimensional Art of Piyawat Buaboon | Janine Yasovant | July 2012 |

Janine Yasovant
คลิกเพื่ออ่านบทความนี้ เป็นภาษาไทย

For many artists who create work with Thai traditional style, it is necessary that institutes support and educate them. The tasks of these institutes are to provide knowledge and skills as well as to improve the quality of art works and the abilities of the artists. I believe that a complete art education is the mixing between eastern and western knowledge which is interesting and impressive.

Piyawat Buaboon, a Thai artist who was born in the South, determined to study art in the North of Thailand. His passion is sculpting.. He works in a range of materials such as brass, copper, resin, stucco, sandstone and bricks. He is a sculptor who finds opportunities to present his works to five-star hotels, temples or any places that require tasteful three dimensional artworks.

Piyawat was born at Baan Song district, Suratthani province. He graduated from a college of handicraft in Nakornsrithammarat province. After that he moved to further his education at Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna in Chiang Mai province. In 2004, he was acknowledged by the institute as an excellent student in painting and sculpting.


His sculptures are found in some large hotels and assignments from the government. There are three dimensional models that are made of wood and glass as well. Some of these works are "a child who is riding a horse made from banana's branches" and the sculpting of "a small child and elephants from stucco" to decorate hotels in Chiang Mai such as "Meritus" and "Four Seasons." These works are inspired by Lanna tradition, geometry and his imagination. Piyawut said "Sculpting is the three dimensional art. If a sculptor does it well, people will accept it and feel happy. Otherwise, they will respond immediately that they did not like it after the first look." 


In Chiang Mai province, he worked to construct and decorate Buddha statues and 12 important pagodas representing the Zodiac. The pagodas are replicas of sacred pagodas around Thailand and in foreign countries such as the Bodhi Gaya Mahabhodhi in India or the Chawedagong in Myanmar. Although the work is difficult and laborious, he is proud of them and happy with the stucco creations since he works for his faith in Buddhism. He is also confident in his skills and experience that he can replicate some features of  the revered Bodhi Gaya pagoda, which is one of the most significant places of Buddhism and its cultural heritage. Its age is about 800–1,000 years old, and it was constructed when the Buddhism were still in India. The replication in Thailand has a box shape and the height is around 51 meters. The size of base is about 121 meters. Soon the work will be finished so that Buddhists and anyone else can visit and see the beauty of art work and the symbol of the past in the present.


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Janine Yasovant is a writer in Chiang Mai, Thailand
and a Senior Writer for Scene4.

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