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VIETNAM 2013 #45

By JN_CHATELAIN_PHOTOGRAPHY
The monk who was carving the wood told me that he looks at the shape of the wood given to him and the wood tells him what the sculpture should be.

I read that the pagoda was bombed by the US in 1968 during the Vietnam War. Hundreds of trees, golden oak trees (Hopea odorata Roxb), had been destroyed. At first they did not know what to do, they collected the roots and decided to sculpt them. The head monk at the time thought it would be a shame having nothing done with those trees. He met a craftman who he invited to the pagoda in order to teach the monks to sculpt. MORE INFO

The carving of those roots takes many weeks so I知 unable to show the results of the work done by the monk in the photo ....unless you pay my fare so I can return to Tra Vinh Smile.

V7 is an example of the sculptures made at Hang Pagoda.

Tags: Monk Pagoda Vietnam Sculptor Landscape and travel CHAU THANH DISTRICT TRA VINH PROVINCE KHMER KROM THERAVADA BUDDHISM CHUA HANG NGUYET HOA COMMUNE

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CarolG 12 199 20 Greece
7 Jul 2013 10:24AM
Has to be V.7, Jean-Noel, showing the final result of his labours, what a beautiful carving. Carol

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Ade_Osman 16 4.5k 36 England
7 Jul 2013 10:30AM
How interesting, good images and narrative too....

Ade
paskinmj 10 11 1 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 10:35AM
Great set.
Matt
boov 6 2 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 11:46AM
Super series... and info... brilliant
tomcat 13 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2013 1:44PM
The final outcome in V7 is just magnificent

How industrious and imaginative they are

Adrian
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15 877 1496 England
7 Jul 2013 3:32PM
V1 intrigues, and leads you in. V7 shows what has been done in the past.

Other sculptors have said that it is a question of removing the excess to reveal the sculpture within.

Maybe it is the same with life, and people: life adds and removes, and in the end, the person is complete?
Maiwand 12 3 73 England
7 Jul 2013 4:42PM
Well capture Jean-Noel. Excellent series.GrinGrin
Ron

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