Mosaic marks 40th anniversary of Paris Peace Accords

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Nguyen Thu Thuy (left) and Paris pottery artist Giéle Guharengi present a mosaic designed by Thuy to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, which officially ended the Vietnam War

A mosaic featuring Vietnam's Red River and the Seine of France has been finished in Paris to mark the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords, which officially ended US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Painter Nguyen Thu Thuy and her team were in Choisy le Roi, a commune in southeastern suburbs of Paris and located near both banks of the Seine River, between January 16 and 26 to finish the painting, The Thao & Van Hoa (Sports & Culture) reported. 

It was designed by Thuy as a gift from Hanoi for the anniversary on January 27. The main negotiators of the agreement were United States National Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger and Vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho. They were awarded the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, but Tho refused to accept it.

The mosaic's background, of 4.41 square meters broad, is comprised by bricks from Hanoi, with pink ones added to form an image of the Red River flowing through Hanoi and blue ones for France's Seine.

Ceramics paintings of the Vietnamese delegation and French supporters who witnessed the signing of the agreement were affixed. Thuy had printed paper paintings onto heavily burned pieces of pottery.

Paris pottery artist Giéle Guharengi and her friends helped put the work together at the workshop of the city's urban construction unit.

The French team is also working on a painting that utilizes pottery pieces from Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern Vietnam, to mark the signing of agreements.

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Mayor of Choisy le Roi Daniel Davisse and Helene Luc, President of the France Vietnam Friendship Association, were in Hanoi for the event. Similar celebrations in Paris will be held in March at Choisy le Roi, and Thuy's work will be showcased at the Choisy le Roi City Hall on March 20.

She said it will be the third piece of art at the hall, joining a bronze relief made in 1986 by late French renowned sculptor Jean-Robert Ipoustéguy and a 1983 painting by postmodern Icelandic artist Erró.

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