An Unexpected Find…

a magical sculpture garden in the old city….

An Unexpected Find….a magical sculpture garden in the old cityMost mornings I wander around the city exploring, taking photos and getting myself familiarized with my new home.  I poke in and out of little streets (called Soi), some of which, are narrow enough to be thought of as an alley.   Invariably on these wanderings, I find something to peak my interest…but sometimes I find something quite amazing

This week I found a secret garden!  A terracotta fantasy surrounded by high brick walls and filled with sculptures, bas-reliefs, lanterns, tiles and lush tropical foliage. One enters through an imposing gateway more suited to some Asian prince’s harem than a little esoteric sculpture garden set in the inner city.  A combination al fresco art gallery and terracotta junk yard……so perfectly Thai

It turned out to be the garden showroom of a local company called “Ban Phor Liang Meun” Terra-Cotta Arts with their offices located in a beautiful old teak house across the road.  It was founded in 1982 by Mr. Suttiphong Maiwan to represent the historical arts of South East Asia.  Using the hard clays of the area’s surrounding Chiang Mai he has sought to reproduce the ancient arts of Burma, China, Khmer, India, Indonesia and Thai.  The copies are realistic enough make one think they have gone back in time to the palaces and gardens of Siam or Angkor.

The company has another location outside of Chiang Mai which I have not yet been to. Located in the 1,300 year old town of Lamphun and situated on 60 landscaped acres, they produce their pieces from the local clay and sell to designers and wealthy patrons all over the world. The descriptions of the gardens filled with exotic plants, flowering trees and shrubs, and intricately carved Cambodian temple fragments and doorways puts it near the top of my “Places to visit in Chiang Mai” list.

a magical sculpture garden in the old city

Because there was very little color variance in the garden….. Terracotta statues in a garden surrounded by red brick walls…..I thought it might be fun to show the pictures in black and white or sepia.  When I looked at them after processing it made me feel as if I had discovered a cache of old National Geographic magazine from the 30’s.  Hope you enjoy this week’s discovery.

About Larry Bosco

In 2010 I had one of those “Is this all there is” moments and so in January 2011 I retired from Real Estate Appraising, sold off all my worldly goods and headed out as a solo traveler in search of a new place to live. Since then I’ve traveled around the world, made new friends and had many great adventures and some not so great. After staying almost a year in Cuenca, Ecuador I have headed back to South East Asia where I began the journey in 2011. Currently I am living in Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 Responses to An Unexpected Find…

  1. John Ruccio says:

    Thank you! You gave some great tidbits of info and the statues are real nice!

  2. jim voyles says:

    Sounds terrific. Sure beats The Concrete Lady here!

  3. Great piece! This has become one of my favourite places to visit whenever I am in Chiang Mai. It’s also a favourite place to bring friends or family visiting the city! Thanks for sharing :)

    • Larry Bosco says:

      Ian, Thanks for the comment and glad you enjoyed the post. Heading back to Thailand tomorrow and will be in Chiang Mai…perhaps I will see you there.

      Safe travels, Larry

  4. Jerry says:

    I love your photos. Have you studied photography?

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