Children’s book inspires art installation

VietNamNet Bridge – An ongoing art exhibition, dedicated to the most well-known Vietnamese children’s book De Men Phieu Luu Ky (Adventures of a Cricket) by late writer To Hoai, has amazed not only children but also adult visitors.

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Friendly creatures: A young visitor, 13-year-old Chu Hong Linh, looks at the leather artwork by Ta Huy Long depicting Capricorn Beetle – a main character of the book De Men Phieu Luu Ky. — VNS Photo Thuy Hang


Taking place at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Art (VCCA), the exhibition De Men Phieu Luu Ky – Cham Toi Nhung The Gioi (Diary of a Cricket – Touch the Worlds) presents several installations inspired by the book.

One of the highlights is the giant model of main character – the Cricket – some 15 metres long and 4.5 metres high, made from bamboo and rattan. The cricket, in the hopping position with wide-open wings, dominates the whole glass-domed venue of the centre.     

“When I first visited the venue, I know it [the object] should be huge to impress audiences. But it also needed to be transparent to create the feeling that the creature is not real and is coming from another world. And I decided to choose bamboo and rattan – two light and bendable materials, to create this hollow model. The natural brown colour of these materials also fits the natural colour of the cricket,” said creator Ta Huy Long, who also created vivid 3D drawings for a comic version of the Adventures of a Cricket that has been reprinted more than 10 times by the Kim Dong Publishing House.

Before becoming an illustrator, Long spent many years working as an interior designer. “So, naturally, whenever I look at any object or creature, I always look at the angle of its structure.”     

“Haunted” by the book and its insect characters, Long also created a collection of several insects from leather and metal “to satisfy my addiction”. The artwork collection has also been shown to the public for the first time at the exhibition.

Transfixed by a depiction of a capricorn beetle, seventh-grader Chu Hong Linh recalled a detail of the book, when Uncle Capricorn Beetle has given Cricket a lesson.

“He [Uncle Capricorn Beetle] is the one that makes Cricket acknowledge and repent of his faults when Cricket hit another smaller cricket,” the boy said.      

Linh said that he has wallowed in the world of loveable insects since he read the comic version by Ta Huy Long since two years ago.

“The story is very interesting, while the drawings are very beautiful and offer me exciting fantasy. I even imagined that I was in the swamp together with the insect friends, and joined them in their activities,” the 13-year-old boy said.

The boy added that at the exhibition, he once again had the chance to relive those great fantasies.

A corner of the swamp scenery, comprising the background of the story, has been presented through another installation. A big frog pops up from water and a mirror set up on the floor reflects a group of dragonflies flying above.

The exhibition also presents many drawings expressing the cricket’s marvelous adventures by illustrators of different generations. The illustrators include filmmaker Ngo Manh Lan (1934), painter Thanh Chuong (1949), Ta Huy Long (1974), Vu Xuan Hoan (1978), and Dau Thi Ngoc Vinh (1992).       

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Otherworldly: The giant cricket by Ta Huy Long. — VNS Photo Viet Tuan


The exhibition also dedicates a corner to displaying archival materials of writer To Hoai (1920-2014), including his notebook, glasses, cap and some pages of his hand-written draft of the De Men Phieu Luu Ky.

To Hoai, winner of the Ho Chi Minh Prize for Literature in 1996, wrote the first version of De Men Phieu Luu Ky in 1941 when he was 18. One year later, it was released after the author created more fictional characters.

The 195-page children’s book is about the adventures of a cricket that leaves his nest to travel and discover the world. He learns new things with the help of many other insects and animals.

De Men Phieu Luu Ky has been translated into 37 languages, including English, French, Thai and Russian.

The exhibition De Men Phieu Luu Ky – Cham Toi Nhung The Gioi runs until March 25. VCCA is at B1, Block R3, Vincom Royal City, 72 Nguyen Trai Road, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi. 

Source: VNS

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