Well known Thai composer, songwriter and arranger Pongprom Snitwong Na Ayuthaya decided to extend his birthday greetings to His Majesty the King with a “music and art” project, entitled “Nitarn Pandin” (“The Chronicle of the Land”).
Pongprom had planned to come out with this work to mark the King’s 84th birthday anniversary last year but because of the severe flooding postponed the project.
The project is made up of two parts. The first being a song entitled “Nitarn Pandin”, which narrates the meaning of “king” or “raja” in different eras and features lyrics in ancient languages.
The second, entitled “Niwet Silpa” or “Land Art” features original ‘Land Art’ installations that have been created for the occasion by Tawee Ratchaneekorn here in Phuket, Sakarin Krue-on in Khon Kaen, Nopadon Viroonchatapun in Nakhon Nayok, Amrit Chusuwan in Songkhla, Thongchai Srisukprasert in Chiang Mai, Pairoj Wangbon in Trat, Panya Vijinthanasarn in Sukhothai, Suriya Namwong in Chiang Rai and Kamol Tassananchalee in Bangkok.
Pongprom said “I am very proud to unveil these historical art pieces inspired by H.M. the King’s devotion to his subjects and the Kingdom. We hope all 9 Land Art locations will be visited by art lovers and travellers, so all can see just why “Miracle Thailand” is an amazing land for all to enjoy”
“My aim is for everyone to be happy with what they are doing for the King, just as the King does so much for us. Our budget was insufficient at just Bt8 million but the project has still gone ahead because I believe in miracles,” he said.
In addition to the music and art, “Nitarn Pandin” is also an app on iPhone – iPad, allowing everyone to learn about the royal projects and contribute towards the land art. Simply select the location, add to the installation then share it on Facebook.
The Chronicle of the Land No.1
By Nopadon Viroonchatapun
Nopadon has employed 1,999 yellow hay stacks to form the Thai number ’9′ which is 399 metres long and 109 metres wide. Following the exhibition, these hay stacks can be used to cover the bases of palm oil trees, which will be used to produce alternative energy in the future. Nopadon has also created a permanent shrine with a portrait of H.M. the King shaped in a Pho tree leaf surrounded by Pho tree leaf bells to contribute to the peaceful ambience of the site.
Location: Royal Experimental Study Poject initiated by H.M. the King, Baan-na, Nakhon Nayok Province
For more information: TAT Nakhon Nayok Office, Tel. +66 (0) 37 312 282
By Sakarin Krue-on
As a reflection of His Majesty’s Sufficiency Economy philosophy, which emphasises close community ties, Sakarin has divided a large rice paddy area into 5 smaller fields of 1.2 metres each. Shaped in circles, their diameters range from 50-70 metres and all are intertwined (much like the Olympic rings). Each is then planted with a total of 200,000 rice plants and sugar cane, which in the future can be harvested for local consumption.
Location: Agricultural Technology Park, Faculty of Agriculture, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen Province
For more information: TAT Khonkaen Office, Tel: +66 (0) 43 244 498-9
By Thongchai Srisukprasert
Thongchai feels that fertile soil is vital. Therefore, Inspired by H.M The King’s Royal Soil and Water Project, he has created a work of art by digging a moat which can feed the land with water. The work represents His Majesty’s concern for Thai farmers as well as all his subjects with the rings symbolising Thai unity. Moreover, Thongchai uses the ancient Lanna flag as a sign of people’s devotion towards His Majesty. The 84 flags celebrate H.M. the king’s 84 golden years with smaller flags representing the people flying above the centre of the ring binding all together, the monarchy, the people, and the kingdom.
Location: Chiang Mai Art Museum, Rongwuadang, San Kamphaeng, Chiang Mai Province (Currently under construction but visitors can still see the ‘Land Art’, which will become a permanent museum exhibit.)
For more information: TAT Chiang Mai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 53 248 604, +66(0) 53 248 607
or +66 (0) 53 302 500
By Amrit Chusuwan
Amrit has created a Chaipattana Windmill replica with a diameter of 40 metres by linking thousands of light bulbs to outline its shape and cast light on Songkhla Lake. This piece was inspired by His Majesty’s composition,”The Chronicle of The Land” and offers a beautiful sight to mark the end of the day tranquility of the night.
Location: Songkhla Lake, Koh Yor, in front of Marine and Coastal Resources Conservation Centre 4 (Songkhla), Songkhla Province
For more information: TAT Hat Yai Office, Tel: +66 (0) 74 231 055, +66 (0) 7 4238 518
or +66 (0) 74 2 43 747
The Chronicle of the Land No.5
By Pairoj Wangbon
To create a better understanding of “Sufficiency Economy”, Asst. Prof. Pairoj has created his art piece using 7,000 mangrove seedlings to form a circle of dew drop shapes on a 15.8 acre coastal plot that forms part of the 4,745 acre Baan Pred Mangrove Forest, ranking second in Thailand and twenty-sixth in the world for size and ecology.
Location: Ban Pred Nai Mangrove Coastal Ecosystem Study Centre, Muang, Trat Province
For more information: TAT Trat Office, Tel: +66 (0) 39 597 259-60
By Panya Vijinthanasarn
Panya has created an impressive work of art on a 3.5 acre paddy field at Jaegun Junction on National Highway 12, to pay homage to H.M. The King. The structures for 1,200 scarecrows have been placed on this field and the public is invited to join Panya in creating this work by donating clothes to dress these figures.
Location: Jaegun Junction, Mueng Kao, Mueng, Sukhothai Province
For more information: TAT Sukhothai Office, Tel: +6 (0) 55 616 228-9
By Suriya Namwong
Inspired by the “Phra Mahachanok” story, Suriya has created an art piece on a mound in Chern Tawan Dhamma Centre, Wat Pa Vimuttayalaya, Chiang Rai. Seven 80 metre rings circling a Pho tree, which symbolises Phra Mahachanok, are fed with water to symbolize the seven days he swam in the sea. For those who come to view this Land Art, they are able to meditate by walking around the art piece.
Location: Cherntawan Dhamma Centre or Wat Pa Vimuttayalaya, Chiang Rai Province
For more information: TAT Chiang Rai Office Tel: +66 (0) 53 717 433, +66 (0) 53 744 674-5
The Chronicle of the Land No.8
By Tawee Ratchaneekorn
Inspired by the prestige of His Majesty the King that is spread everywhere in Thailand, Tawee has created an art piece in a compass–like shape, consisting of Pho leaves pointing outward in many directions. The Pho leaf is a heart–shaped leaf which represents Dhamma and the Virtues of the King. It reflects his royal speech “We shall reign with the righteousness for the welfare of Siamese”.
Location: At Panta Hotel Phuket, Baan Don, Tambol Cherng Talay, Amphur Thalang, Phuket Province
For more information: At Panta Phuket Hotel, Tel: +66 (0) 76 275 002
The Chronicle of the Land No.9
By Kamol Tassananchalee
Inspired by H.M. the King’s Royal Rainmaking Project, the last great art work was created by Kamol by combining clouds on canvas above moving neon lights that depict rain drops falling from the sky. Kamol also buried a projector to create an atmosphere of light, colour, sound, and grace, as well retelling the stories of Royal Projects, here on the grounds of the 11th Infantry Regiment.
Location: The 11th Infantry Regiment, Bang Kaen, Bangkok Province
For more information: TAT Contact Center 1672
The Chronicle of the Land No.8 – Artist Profile
Awarded National Artist status in 2005, 77-year-old veteran artist Tawee Ratchaneekorn has been one of Thailand’s most idiosyncratic creators for over 50 years. A versatile artist known best for his painting, but who has also worked in drawing, print, mixed media, and sculpture, Tawee is recognised for his raw, expressive, socially critical interpretations of the modernising face of Thai society.
In recognition of his service to local art, Silpakorn University is exhibiting over 200 works by the retired lecturer. Under the subtitle “Society, Sins and Hell,” the exhibition is rich with the artist’s familiar crude caricatures of the human condition, often intersected with menacing bestial metaphors.
Being a resort that prides itself on being a true Thai cultural retreat, which offers its guests a stay in a replica Thai village, where everything on offers is truly Thai, At Panta Phuket Resort and their team could not resist the invitation to take part in creating and exhibiting a piece of ‘Land Art’ that would be part of the iconic ‘The Chronicle of the Land’ project.
The management team of At Panta managed to gather a group of around 200 volunteers, made up of resort staff, TV representatives, local teachers and school children, members of rescue foundations, staff from AirAsia and local business people, who worked tirelessly in creating this amazing piece of ‘Land Art’ over the duration of two days.
Sojirat Sibunruang – ThaiPBS TV Producer - “I think this Land Art is a new attraction place for Thai and foreigner travelers. This really shows original Thai culture and represents His Majesty King Bhumibol’s genius to give knowledge for development of many modern ideas, particularly in the field of modern science and public life. The role of the monarch is deeply ingrained in Thai life and the people of Thailand know that their King loves them.”
Teerapong Soyson – Baan Bang Tao School Teacher - “I’m so proud to be part of this amazing project ‘The Chronicle of the Land’. I found out about the idea via a media channel and I felt that I wanted to help in my community. One of the most important things we do in our school is to teach children about social responsibility, and I always tell my students that anyone can build a good society, and that’s why I’m so glad to be here.”
Manassawee Aeamtanwong – Baan Bang Tao Student - “I love The King and love my home town! This is a great fun activity for me and my friends. I hope everyone will come and visit and are as impressed with the land art as me. I have invited a lot of my family from other provinces to visit here, welcome to Phuket Ka!”
Wassana Junphutsa – Kajornkiat School Teacher - “This is one of the biggest things that’s happened in Phuket and the incredible land art has been created by the skill of a Thai national artist. We don’t only have beaches for travel but we also have a land of true natural beauty. I would recommend some get togethers at the newest viewpoint of Phuket.”