Contemporary Sculptures: Decoding the Body of Aesthetic Knowledge Suitable for Public Parks

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Adool Booncham
Songkoon Chantachon
et al.


          The purpose of this research was to examine the background, current conditions, problems and body of aesthetic knowledge of contemporary sculptures suitable for  The purpose of this research was to examine the background, current conditions, problems and body of aesthetic knowledge of contemporary sculptures suitable for public parks in Thailand. The research area covered Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi and Ubon Ratchathani provinces in which there are constructions of contemporary sculpture permanently installed in the public parks. The research procedure used the qualitative research methodology. Data were collected from related literature and field studies using survey, interviews and focus group discussion from a group of 203 informants. The findings were presented by means of a descriptive analysis. The results show that there are 101 constructions of contemporary sculptures permanently installed in 15 parks across Thailand. Saphan Hin Park in Phuket was the first public park to feature a contemporary sculpture in 1969. In Bangkok there are 8 parks containing a total of 40 sculptures, in Chiang Mai there were 2 parks with 43 sculptures (although 1 piece has been stolen and 1 is not at the point of installation), in Phuket there are 2 parks with 2 sculptures, in Songkhla there are 2 parks with 15 sculptures and in Ubon Ratchathani there is 1 park with 1 sculpture. The problems found were generated from a lack of data concerning the background, importance and maintenance of the sculptures and their components. The aesthetics of the contemporary sculptures in the public parks consists of 3 aspects: content, form and relationship with the environment and activities of the people who use the public parks.


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