By The Nation
The Royal Thai Navy, in conjunction with Iconsiam and representatives of the public and private sectors, will hold the “Art Afloat”, exhibition which honours the occasion of the Royal Coronation Ceremony of King Rama X.
This multimedia exhibition in three languages (Thai, English and Chinese) shares the history of how battle vessels evolved into exquisitely crafted barges used in royal ceremonies, each barge elaborately ornate as befitting a vessel for the monarch.
The exhibition features a gallery of photographs as well as models of the 52 vessels that form the royal barge procession in its traditional formation, as well as the history of each vessel. Visitors will also witness up close the beauty of the decorative elements of four royal barges – the Suphannahong Royal Barge, the Anantanakkharat Royal Barge, the Narai Song Suban Rama IX Royal Barge and the Anekkachatphuchong Royal Barge – via panorama hologram technology.
The engaging approach aims to encourage youth to learn about the rich cultural heritage and royal traditions of the Kingdom of Siam so as to heighten their nationalistic pride. In order to offer convenience and accessibility to the exhibition for visitors who are visually impaired or blind, the exhibition will also feature stucco relief patterns taken from the four royal barges that they can touch as a testament to the artistic skills of Thai artisans in the past who created such masterpieces.
The exhibit leads up to the actual Royal Barge Procession on October 24, which forms part of the Royal Coronation Ceremony 2019.
Visitors will also receive a programme booklet that contains information about the Royal Barge Procession. Virtual images of the procession can also be viewed through augmented reality (AR) technology in 3-D form, together with all the exhibits via mobile phone cameras.
“Art Afloat” exhibition opens to the public free of charge on M Floor and 1st Floor of the Iconsiam shopping complex.