Nguyen Thu Thuy wins Honourable Mention of International Design Awards

Sunday, 2015-03-29 16:51:56
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Artist Thu Thuy and the Hanoi Lotus Fountain
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NDO - Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thu Thu was awarded the Honourable Mention Prize in the Other Products Designs Competition of the 8th International Design Awards (IDA) for the Hanoi Lotus Fountain Project, announced by the IDA honorary juries in Los Angeles on March 26.


The IDA, established in 2007, is held annually in Los Angeles, USA, with the aim of recognising, honouring and promoting legendary design visionaries and uncovering emerging talents in architecture, interior, product, graphic and fashion design on a global level.

This year’s competition attracted more than 1,000 entries sent from architects and designers of fashion, products, graphics and interiors from 52 countries throughout the world.

The Lotus-shaped fountain decorated with millions of ceramic mosaic tiles was inaugurated at Mai Xuan Thuong garden in Hanoi on Octorber 9, 2014 to mark the 60th anniversary of Hanoi's Liberation Day (October 10, 1954-2014).

The fountain, resembling a lotus blossom, is four metres high, includes 18 lotus petals and is built on a single pillar.

The work of art was designed to have three layers, each layer featuring a six-petal lotus adorned with thousands of 2x2cm ceramic mosaic tiles of various tones of orange and yellow.

Four arc benches were also installed around the fountain decorated with ceramic mosaic tiles featuring old Long Bien Bridge and Hanoi's Old Quarter.

The installation and design of the fountain was directed by artist Thu Thuy who received the Guinness World Record for the Largest Ceramic Mosaic of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural in 2010, marking the celebration of the Hanoi Millennium (1010-2010).

Artist Thu Thuy said that she is very proud and happy of her achievements as hers attempts and efforts to develop public art to beautify the city has been recognised by international leading professional designers. The prize is also expected to change people’s perceptions of adorning public spaces, she added.