Ceramic road opens with world record
By Kinh Luan in Hanoi
The Guinness Book of World Records on Tuesday morning presented a certificate recognizing the Ceramic Road along the Red River’s painting name called “Vietnam’s patterns in the historical flow” as the world’s biggest mosaic painting.
The record breaking section from An Duong Terminal to Tan Ap Terminal on Yen Phu Street is 810 meters long and covers 1,570 square meters.
A representative of the record book, Beatriz Garcia Fernande, made the presentation under Long Bien Bridge as part of the inauguration of the mural project coinciding with the Hanoi grand anniversary.
The whole ceramic mosaic mural is 3,950 meters long and has total area of 7,000 square meters. It was made as a celebration of the capital’s 1,000th birthday.
The mural spans the walls on Tran Nhat Duat-Tran Quang Khai-Tran Khanh Du streets and from An Duong Border Gate on Yen Phu Street to Van Kiep Border Gate.
The project was launched at the end of 2007 by journalist Nguyen Thu Thuy. It was made by 20 Vietnamese artists and 15 foreign artists from 10 nations including England, France, the U.S., Spain, Italy, Argentina, Denmark and New Zealand. One hundred artisans from pottery craft villages of Bat Trang in Hanoi, Phu Lang, Chau Dau-My Xa in Bac Ninh Province, Bau Truc in Ninh Thuan Province, Lai Thieu in Binh Duong Province and Vinh Long in Vinh Long Province also helped, along with 50 fine arts student and 500 students from Vietnamese and international schools.
The mosaic on the Red River embankment walls features traditional patterns from the Dong Son era and the Ly, Tran, Le and Nguyen dynasties and Hanoi landscapes.