MoD gives certificate of merit to artist of ceramic mosaic national flag

Journalist and artist Nguyen Thu Thuy who made ceramic mosaic national flag of Vietnam on Truong Sa Island has just received certificate of merits from the Ministry of Defense.

The flag on Truong Sa Island that is visible from space via satellite imagery and proclaims Vietnam's sovereignty of Truong Sa archipelago

With a deep-seated idea to do something meaningful to proclaim Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelago, artist Thu Thuy came up with this daring and bold yet highly imaginative project to sculpt a giant ceramic mosaic flag of Vietnam and four mural paintings on Truong Sa Island.

A gigantic ceramic mosaic flag of Vietnam was built on Truong Sa Island--one so large that it was visible from space via satellite imagery such as Google Earth, and one that proclaims Vietnam’s sovereignty of Truong Sa archipelago.

Artisans from Bat Trang trade village, which is famous for producing a unique style of ceramic called Bat Trang Porcelain, also said that it was difficult to create the scarlet color enamel for the tiles. The color can only be created at a temperature of 1,200 degrees celsius and requires very strict control of temperature during the firing process.

After three months of hard work on the island, Thuy and her team were able to complete the gigantic Vietnamese flag with 310,000 ceramic tiles and covering an area of 310 square meters and four large mural paintings on two walls which measure 2.8 meters in height and 9 meters in length.

Her work was given recognition by the Vietnam Book of Records as the largest ceramic national flag of the country.

By V. Xuan - Translated by Bao Long

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