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Old 06-22-2007, 09:40 AM
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Statues in Vietnam: a study in disrepair

These two critical online news stories are from the same Vietnam site.

National statue in disrepair

19/6/2007, Since being inaugurated in 2004, the 220-ton bronze statue Dien Bien Phu Victory in the northwestern province of Dien Bien, which is considered to be the most expensive and biggest project of its kind, has fallen into serious disrepair.

Visitors can observe thick layers of greenish rust at a corner of the flag of the statue, along the staff, as well as on the arms and legs of the soldiers, in addition to tens of ugly coloured cracks on the statue as a whole and the granite platform whose colour is fading.

According to Nguyen Trung Si, Director of Dien Bien Phu Victory Museum, the possibility that waste bronze was used to construct the statue is high.....

Statues in Vietnam: a study in disrepair

22/06/2007, VietNamNet Bridge Ė The poor condition of the countryís biggest and most expensive statue, Dien Bien Phu Victory, is directing public attention to Vietnamís statue construction, which has long been considered wasteful and inartistic.

The Dien Bien Phu Victory statue, the disrepair of which is being suspected of having been caused by the use of waste rather than high-quality bronze, is only one example of the lack of conscientiousness found in many of those who have been involved in carrying out statue works.

Last year, the bronze Nguyen Van Cu statue in the northern province of Bac Ninh was also reported to be in rapid decline just 2 years after being constructed. And the case turned out to be that the construction process hadnít been carried out properly. Instead of weighing 7 tons as planned, the final work was only over 5 tons in weight. And it also didnít go with a relief as it was supposed to. ....
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