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Bangkok Illumination 2015

Bangkok, 2 December, 2015 – World-class shopping neighbourhood The EM District comprising of The Emporium and The EmQuartier, in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, holds “The EM District Presents Bangkok Illumination 2015” the festival of lighting technology art for the first time in Thailand, from 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.

The highlight film screening accompanied by 3D Mapping projected onto the façades of The Emporium and The EmQuartier to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 88th Birthday.

There are bright works of art incorporating colors, lights and sounds to illuminate the EM District, Benjasiri Park, and Sukhumvit Road. There are works by world-renowned and Thai artists, some of which are up-and-coming, new generation and college students who won at the Bangkok Illumination 2015 Workshop. The exhibition is open to the public from 1 December 2015 to 3 January 2016, the admission is free.

The official opening ceremony at The EM District featured special shows for the first time in Thailand such as Austrian import Mirror Man who reflected colorful lights; Special performances by Ken Pupoom Phongpanu’s and Janie Tienphosuwan. Many guests, artists, celebrities and the general public also joined the festivity.

The Emporium Group Co., Ltd., management of The EM District, in collaboration with partners from the public and private sectors, invested more than 100 million baht to host the 34-day festival. In addition, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration participated in the festival by decorating Sukhumvit Road from Soi 24 to 31 and Benjasiri Park to illuminate and add colour to Bangkok.

There are lighting art exhibits by Thai and international artists on display at 14 spots: Sukhumvit Road (Soi 24-31), Benjasiri Park, Phrom Phong BTS station, Emporium Parc, Emporium Gallery, Quartier Parc, Quartier Avenue, Quartier Waterfall, Quartier Water Garden by KBank, the Waterfall Quartier building, the Helix Quartier building, EmQuartier bridge connecting The Helix Quartier to The Waterfall Quartier on floors M-4, the facades of  The Emporium and The EmQuartier, and Art Box at The EM District.

The festival’s highlight is the 3D Mapping performance celebrating HM the King’s 88th birthday. The film integrates 3D Mapping with images projected onto the facades of The Emporium and The EmQuartier. There is artwork by world-class artist Jiro Endo in collaboration with Thai sculptor Pongsatat Uaiklang and Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag whose work is under the Leaf Form concept inspired by leaves’ movements. Together with lighting techniques and image movements, the artwork is lively. Japanese artists Eiji Sumi and Treborikki’s work is titled, Time, which blends light and sound movements to reflect the mystery of time passing in life. True Corporation PCL. Sponsored both artworks. Sponsored by Coco-Cola (Thailand) Co., Ltd., French artist group Malo presents Loplite to reflect fun in drawing techniques through projecting lights onto surface in which visitors can interact. All artwork is exhibited at Quartier Parc.

Thai artists’ piece is collaboration between illustrator Pomme Chan, visual artist Kob Kor.Bor.Vor or Pongpassakorn Kulthirathum, Street artist Rukkit Kuanhawate, Graffiti artist “Mamablues” Fawalai Sirisompol is exhibited on Quartier Water Garden by KBank.

Sponsored by Kasikorn Bank PCL., their piece is inspired by various living things, including firefly cave, florist frame and across, and blends lights, colours and sounds.

Another piece entitled Bubble Cloud by Thai artists is collaboration between Duck Unit and CHIP7ART. Their piece is inspired by rainclouds in the winter that have frozen into a large round ice, as if a large fluffy round cloud hanging high in Quartier Avenue. At night, colourful lights illustrated by various artists are projected onto it to create a charming piece beyond imagination. (IN)ViSIBLE is a piece that college students submitted to the final round of Bangkok Illumination 2015 Workshop. The piece, displayed at Benjasiri Park, can be seen during the day, but also shines brightly at night.

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