16/07/2018 14:35 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Thai artists create artwork telling Tham Luang rescue mission story

Some 200 local artists are working to complete a painting telling the story of the operation to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in Tham Luang cave in Mae Sai district, Chiang Rai province, Thailand.

The painting will be exhibited at Tham Luang Cave Museum.

A renowned national artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, has led a group of some 200 artists in the northern province to create the painting telling the story of the search and rescue operation to bring out the 13 members of the Moo Paa (Wild Boars) Football Academy from the flooded cave. The painting work is now 90 percent completed.

The painting, which artists have started creating since July 14, 2018, will show all people involved in this operation, from key officials to volunteers who helped in ways they can such as transportation and cleaning. The artwork will first be displayed at Art Bridge Chiang Rai, and will later be showcased at Tham Luang Cave Museum.

The President of Art Bridge Chiang Rai, Suwit Jaipom, said the artists will also be making another artwork telling the story of Khun Nam Nang Nong in ancient and contemporary artistic techniques, and building a monument for lieutenant commander Saman Gunan, a former Navy Seal officer who died during this rescue operation.

The three-metre height monument, made with brass by a fine arts company in Ayutthaya province, will also be placed in front of the museum building, which will be constructed using timber designed by a local artist Somluck Pantiboon.

The construction of the museum building is expected to take about four months. The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has already given its approval for the museum construction plan.