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Fate of Phuket mural to be decided April 22

PHUKET: The future of a mural painted on a building wall in Phuket Town over the weekend by a Bangkok-based artist, bringing mixed reactions from a number of local residents, has yet to be decided after being discussed at a meeting held by Phuket City Mayor this morning (Apr 12).

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 12 April 2016, 04:31PM


The controversial mural on the side of the old Standard Chartered Bank Building on the corner of Phang Nga and Phuket roads. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

The controversial mural on the side of the old Standard Chartered Bank Building on the corner of Phang Nga and Phuket roads. Photo: Darawan Naknakhon

The painting, on a side wall of the old Standard Chartered Bank Building on the corner of Phang Nga and Phuket roads, and done by street artist Pattcharapon ‘Alex Face’ Tangreun, was completed on Saturday (Apr 9), and following its completion, local residents took to social media to either severely criticise or praise the design.

Following posts about the painting going viral, Phuket City Mayor Somjai Suwansupana held a meeting this morning as a number of local residents said that it should be removed immediately.

Speaking at the meeting today, Mayor Somjai said the building where the mural has appeared is currently in the process of being renovated and that renovations will be complete in June.

“We apologies for making people unhappy. Thank you for caring this building,” she said.

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“We will hold a public hearing on April 22 to reach a decision as to whether the painting stays or goes,” she added.

It is purported that the painting is part of project by a group called “So Phuket” entitled “F.A.T. Phuket” (Food Art Old Town) and is aimed at inspiring more people to visit the Phuket Town area.

The mural shows Alex Face’s signature imaginary character, a toddler-rabbit hybrid, holding a lunch box and wearing a traditional BaBa broach and depicts a contrast between Phuket Old Town’s architecture and modern artwork with the theme of Phuket's food scene.  

 

 

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Lies | 15 April 2016 - 21:24:38

Love it!  I'll go to Phuket Town before the 22nd, just to see it. 

Kurt | 13 April 2016 - 21:14:11

It is Art!, Unusual, but nice, clean and well done! Bravo!

RogerFox | 13 April 2016 - 13:59:03

I like it.

Christy Sweet | 13 April 2016 - 12:29:20

One of the artist's works is on Layan beach, been there for years. Will send photo  email

Sir Burr | 12 April 2016 - 22:01:48

Hideous!

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