Nine paintings of Hanoi Old Quarter by one of Vietnam's greatest painters, Bui Xuan Phai, have been recreated in ceramic to mark the 90th birthday of the late artist last Tuesday.
The 19-meter-long, 1.5 meter tall copy on the Hanoi's dyke road was created by artists of the New Hanoi Art Company with agreement from the painter's family, The Thao & Van Hoa (Sport & Culture) said Wednesday.
Phai's oil paintings capture Hanoi in different settings: with walls and windows under spring drizzles or with eaves lightened by the summer sunshine.
Art critic Thai Ba Van said "Bui Xuan Phai was a blood son of Hanoi and the number one painter of the city's soul."
Van said Hanoi Old Quarter has a lot of art and Bui Xuan Phai discovered that.
The collection on Hanoi streets is Phai's most powerful work, Van said.
The ceramic painting will be part of the Ceramic Road project that displays the works of many Vietnamese and foreign artists on a four-kilometer stretch along the Red River.
The project, which covers 7,000 square meters of ceramic artwork, commemorates Hanoi's millennial anniversary that will be celebrated next month October.
The artists have proposed that the road be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest pottery-lined road in the world.