Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thu Thuy, who is the author of a Guinness-recognized ceramic mosaic mural in Hanoi, had just completed her latest love manifestation for the capital with a heart-shaped ceramic sculpture in January 2015.
The finishing touches have already been given to a sculpture called “Trai Tim Ha Noi” (Love Hanoi Heart), which had been erected near Truc Bach Lake in the capital’s Ba Dinh District, The lake was part of West Lake, one of Hanoi’s icons.
The structure, created by 44-year-old artist Nguyen Thu Thuy, is perfectly congruous with the lush vegetation near the idyllic lake.
It boasts a modern-looking heart-shaped sculpture, which features the stylized word “Hanoi” in the center. The colours of ceramic mosaic tiles are bright red, Prussian blue, gold, orange and green offering a joyful visual for visitors.
On the front and back of the base are nearly 200 photos which depict the capital’s landscapes, people, architecture landmarks, historical events, and artworks.
Thuy collected and chosed the documentary photos of Hanoi and printed them on a special type of ceramic herself before affixing them to the structure’s base.
Surrounding the sulpture are four arc benches which are also coated with ceramic mosaic and adorned with carvings of the capital’s architecture landmarks.
The Love Hanoi mosaic heart sculpture faces Thanh Nien Street, one of the city’s nicest streets.
Next to the sculpture is a mural coated with over a million small ceramic mosaic tiles.
The mural vividly portrays blooming lotuses and waterfowls and is reminiscent of West Lake’s signature lotuses, which have been shrinking in numbers in recent years.
Nguyen Thu Thuy- a visual artist based in Hanoi (b.1971) and general director of New Hanoi Arts Co.,Ltd. She is a founder and design leader of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural (HCM) project, which won the Guinness World Records certificate for the largest ceramic mosaic in the world in. After HCM project, Thu Thuy continues develop several public arts projects in Hanoi, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Truong Sa and Da Nang. Thu Thuy, who has a clear understanding of the role of art in the community, continues to pioneer in creating public pieces that resonate with local people as well as international guest
- In June 2017, Thu Thuy and New Hanoi Arts collective won the Bronze at the 10th International Design Awards (IDA) in Los Angeles (USA) for the mural of Vietnam trees and flowers at Da Nang International airport ; Thu Thuy also won the Honourable mention of 10th International Design Awards (IDA) for her Love Hanoi mosaic Heart sculpture by the Truc Bach lake.
- In November 2017, The Vietnam Fine Arts Association has bestowed Thu Thuy with the For the Sake of Vietnamese Fine Arts Medal.
- In June 2016, Thu Thuy received the Certificate of Achievement from Vietnam Navy Command Department for her contribution to create and complete The Vo Nguyen Giap park in Son Ca island (Spratly archipelago).
- In april 2015, artist Thu Thuy won the Honourable mention of International Design Awards (IDA) in Los Angeles (USA) for her Golden Lotus Fountain in Hanoi ( Mai Xuan thuong park).
- In 2012 : Certificate of Achievement by Defence Ministry for artist Nguyen Thu Thuy for her contribution to Public Arts in Spratly islands.
- September 2012, artist Thu Thuy received Certificate of achievement (Honrable Mention) of the Mural Design Contest hosted by U.S.Embassy Hanoi and the Cat Ba Langur Conservation project.
- In 2011 : Artist Nguyen Thu Thuy received Certificate of Achievement from Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for her contribution to Public Arts in Hanoi and Vietnam.
- 2010 : Certificate of Guinness World Records for the Largest Ceramic Mosaic in the world (3.85 km long – 6.950m2)
- 2010 : artist Thu Thuy received the Certificate of Merit for honorable citizen of Hanoi capital from President of Hanoi People Committee.
- 2008 : Bui Xuan Phai Award for the Idea of Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural project – the Gift to celebrate Hanoi Millennium (1010-2010).
- 2005 : Second Prize of Vietnam Press Awards for the writing of articles about Vietnam Cultural Heritage