Acclaimed mosaic artist revives Mirror House

HÀ NỘI – Artist Nguyễn Thu Thủy hosted a visit and talk at the Mirror House in Thống Nhất Park, Hà Nội, with many international guests who are members of the Friends of Vietnamese Heritage group (FVH). The Mirror House, or Laughing House, was built in 1979 with support from the government of the former Czechoslovakia. Renata Greploud, spouse of the Czech Ambassador to Việt Nam, was moved to visit the construction when she learned it has a new coat made from colourful ceramic pieces. The guests learned how the construction was coated with ceramic pieces to make it “a sea world” on the land. They applauded Thủy’s project and expressed appreciation for the efforts of Hà Nội’s authorities and artists in preserving public art constructions. Thủy has finished the first part of the project and the new Mirror House began receiving guests early this month. She will finish 3D paintings inside the house in the near future. The house was built in the shape of a huge snail shell, with a labyrinth of 50 mirrors reflecting distorted images of visitors.     The House was in a state of disrepair with oxidised mirrors, leaking roof and damp walls until Thủy’s project started in July 2017. Hà Nội authorities assigned Thủy and designers from the Tân Hà Nội company to renovate the house and turn it into an artistic work engraved with ceramic designs. Thủy decided to take inspiration from the ocean. The floor was paved with the colour of ocean blue to depict an aquatic scene of coral,… [Read full story]

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