Clay Garden in Lamphun, the stand-in for Angkor Wat


It’s a hobby for a Thai man who loves making things out of terra cotta, the lightly fired clay that we are most familiar with as bricks. They’ve got clay by the ton down there, and in a park near the river that’s at least forty acres, maybe more, he’s built all sorts of things. Houses, temples, statues…and the best part is, he likes chaos. He likes leaving broken clay pieces lying on the ground, covered sometimes in leaves, plants growing through the piles, mold growing on everything. It gives it that romantic “abandoned temple in the jungle” look that is so evocative.

 

 

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The Lure of Buddhist and Hindu Images


For those of us who grew up in Catholic countries, the crucifix is the most common image in art, and most depictions of Jesus on the cross display little variation. In a country like Thailand, where Buddhist and Hindu images mix and merge, there is a greater range of art, though the sheer number of Buddhas soon becomes overwhelming. Recently, I found a terra cotta sculpture garden in Chiang Mai, near the southern gate in the old city, and found it a fascinating place to take pictures. Even though the sculptures aren’t antique, they look it, covered with moss and various forms of algae.