The artwork is garnering attention for its exotic appearance and innovative use of coconut shells as the main material.

Nicknamed the “black dragon” of the Year of the Dragon, which is just days away, this one-of-a-kind dragon sculpture stands prominently in front of the BIDV branch headquarters on Dong Khoi Avenue in Ben Tre City.

The dragon mascot in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam, features a head crafted from a combination of coconut coir, wood, and shells. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The dragon mascot measures 3.8 meters in length and 2.3 meters in height.

Its scales are intricately fashioned from coconut shells, while its teeth and nails are crafted from coconut wood, showcasing the meticulous attention to detail in its construction.

Coconut coir was used to create the dragon mascot’s beard.

Truong Minh Tan, the director of BIDV Dong Khoi, mentioned that the dragon sculpture was a gift from a bank client who resides in Ben Tre Province, a well-known coconut-growing region in southern Vietnam.

The painstaking craftsmanship of each part of the dragon sculpture contributes to its overall allure.

The area surrounding the dragon mascot, situated in front of the BIDV branch headquarters on Dong Khoi Avenue in Ben Tre Province, southern Vietnam, is adorned with rice plants, chrysanthemums, and coconut flowers, enhancing the decorative ambiance of the location. Photo: Tuoi Tre

“BIDV Dong Khoi has adorned the area where the dragon sculpture is positioned with rice plants, coconut flowers, and chrysanthemums to create a visually captivating space,” said Tan.

He further mentioned that visitors can come to the location to admire the mascot, take photos with it, and enjoy the festivities.

A resident of Ben Tre Province, a prominent coconut-growing region in southern Vietnam, has crafted a dragon sculpture entirely from coconut shells. Photo: Tuoi Tre