An incredible work of art, named the ‘Map of Vietnam,’ was conceptualized and meticulously created by a Vietnamese architect over eight months. This impressive artwork was a collaborative effort involving nearly 12,000 individuals.
Hoang Tuan Long, the visionary behind the ‘Map of Vietnam,’ was honored with a well-deserved World Record certificate on Saturday.
The Vietnam Records Organization (VietKings) and the Vietnam Record Association officially granted the certificate, acting under the authorization of WorldKings.
Titled ‘The Author of ‘Map of Vietnam’’, Hoang Tuan Long’s bamboo toothpick artwork has been recognized as the piece created by the largest number of people in the world, according to WorldKings.
|The ‘Map of Vietnam,’ a Boarc-style artwork made from bamboo toothpicks, originated from the creative vision of Vietnamese architect Hoang Tuan Long. Photo: Hoai Phuong / Tuoi Tre
Under Long’s leadership, a unique map of Vietnam measuring 1.8m x 2.8m was crafted using over 115,000 bamboo toothpicks. This incredible endeavor involved the collaboration of 11,898 individuals.
The project spanned more than 240 days and took place across 10 locations in Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Thua Thien-Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City.
Participants from schools, museums, pagodas, churches, festivals, and various public places contributed to the creation of the map. The journey took place from April 6 to November 12 of this year.
The map was created using the Bamboo Acrylic Art (Boarc) style, which seamlessly integrates bamboo toothpick material with contemporary laser-cut Mica pieces, as explained by WorldKings.
The western side of the map features intricate patterns inspired by the Dong Son bronze drum. This design reflects the rich cultural heritage of the Dong Son civilization, which thrived from 700 BC to 100 AD.
Prominently displayed at the top of the artwork are the Vietnamese words ‘Non sông Việt Nam’ (‘Country of Vietnam’), adding a meaningful and patriotic touch to the piece.
This remarkable achievement earned the architect a Vietnamese record certificate from Vietkings, recognizing the ‘Map of Vietnam’ as a bamboo toothpick work created by the largest number of people across northern, central, and southern Vietnam.
The map will be exhibited at BoArc Gallery in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City or in select museums in the near future, according to the record holder.
In the future, Hoang Tuan Long plans to auction the artwork and donate the proceeds to support orphans residing at Quan Am Pagoda in Dong Nai Province, as well as other children facing similar circumstances.
Long confided that it is the orphans who inspire him to undertake community projects, including the creation of this unique map.
Furthermore, the architect plans to embark on two additional art projects, including a depiction of Vietnam’s Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and a world map.
|This provided image captures participants engaged in the creation of the ‘Map of Vietnam’ using bamboo toothpicks, a visionary work conceptualized by Vietnamese architect Hoang Tuan Long.
He appeals to everyone to continue supporting him in making these two new art projects.
This is not the first time Long has set a world record in the field of art. In 2020, he was recognized by WorldKings as the first person to create and build miniature models of famous architectural heritage works in the world using Boarc Art. Two years later, he set an Asia Record for ‘Mandala Universe,’ a painting crafted from 27,000 bamboo sticks.
Long, a graduate with a master’s degree in architecture from the Belarusian National Technical University, is also known for his toothpick architectural models of well-known landmarks in Vietnam.
Some notable examples include the Mot Cot (One-Pillar) pagoda in Hanoi, Ngo Mon (Meridian Gate) in Hue City, and Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City, among others.