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Si Phraya Pier Mural

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37,300 THB / 120,000 THB
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The Story
1 week ago

The Project

The Director of Marine Department, as part of his program to upgrade and bring attention to piers along the Chao Phraya River, initiated the Si Phraya Pier Mural Project. It follows the refurbishment of Marine Department Pier (N4)

Si Phraya Pier is used by ferries traveling east west crossing the river, different to the express and tourist ferries that run the length of the Chao Phraya River running north south. These smaller shuttle ferries take commuters from Si Phraya Pier, which sits on the east bank between Royal Orchid Sheraton and River City Bangkok, to Klong San market pier and ICONSIAM.

The History

The name ‘Si Phraya’ means ‘four royals’. It refers to the four members of the Royal family during the period of King Mongkut Rama IV (Reign: ‎2 April 1851 – 1 October 1868) who purchased land in the districts of Bang Rak and Talad Noi. These four nobles constructed roads, including Charoenkrung, Surawong, Si Phraya and Pharam 4, to link the area with Rattanakosin and the Royal courts.When traveling by River, Si Phraya is the access point for Bangkok’s vibrant Creative District, previously known as the European Quarter because of the diplomats and European traders who settled and carried out business here. It is also the gateway to the southern most point of Bangkok’s sprawling Chinatown called Talad Noi meaning little market. Chinatown stretches from the northern border of Bang Rak to the southern border of Rattanakosin.Painting Si Phraya Pier is an opportunity to tell the story of the four royals, and also the Thai Chinese community that established one of the largest Chinatown’s anywhere in the world outside China.

Bangkok’s Street Art Movement

The first BUKRUK (trespassing) street art festival was staged in Siam in 2013. The festival successfully sparked the imagination of the European Union, who along with Shangri-La Hotel, Jet Airways, TAT and SCB sponsored the second BUKRUK festival in 2016 along the east bank of the river from Sathorn and Bang Rak to Talad Noi and Rachawong. Street artists from 13 countries painted murals on walls over ten days of the festival.

Since then, more walls have been adorned, chiseled and painted to tell stories of the community who live and work in the Creative District and suburbs across the 50 districts of Greater Bangkok. Street art has been successful in bringing people to the streets. It’s a form of storytelling that is both accessible and aesthetically pleasing.

Street art reflects the character of the area, creates a sense of pride for those who live and work where its found, and stimulates the local community by attracting locals and travelers alike to wander the area, buying food, drink and products from vendors and traders.

The Artist

Kritpan Suvanawattwnasuk, aka KENZ, was born on 26 October in Bangkok, studied at Assumption Convent School and International Eastern Seaboard during early stage of education. In 2010 Kritpan moved to Melbourne, Australia to study middle school at Rowvile Secondary College. It was in Melbourne, a city recognized around the world for its ethnic diversity, rich culture and public art, that KENZ produced his first street art murals. During the period 2017-2019 he worked with City of Melbourne, Collingwood Art Precinct, Disney Au & Velvet Studio, Glow Winter Art Festival and more. In 2020 KENZ work was exhibited at ‘Learn and Skate’ (Toulouse, France), ‘Mooseyart’ (London, UK) and ‘IWANNABANGKOK’ (Bangkok, Thailand).

KENZ’s Instragram: https://www.instagram.com/kenz/

KENZ’s Website: https://kenzkenz.com/

Responding to the opportunity, KENZ has imagined a mural that combines two key elements. The first draws upon Chinese mythology. Si Phraya Pier is located in the Dragon’s Belly – the dragon being the river and the belly being the central point. It’s also the southern gateway to Chinatown. The second looks to reference the four royal family members reflected in the name of the pier.

The image of the dragon is straightforward. To reference the four royals, KENZ draws upon iconography: embroidery, regalia and medals worn by Royals of the time. These two motifs are interwoven, using contemporary bold colours to appeal to the many young people that are showing an interest in old Bangkok.

Funding the Project

To create the mural on all four sides of the pier, which sits over the water will require a number of different elements. Scaffolding to reach the walls, exterior paint to survive the elements, design of the image to adorn the four walls, and 12 days labor to apply the work of art.We are seeking the support of a paint manufacturer to supply the paint. Scaffolding will be provided by the BMA and Marine Department. To cover the fees of the artist and costs of his team we will crowd-fund from the community: business and embassies, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, gallery owners, and local residents. The total funds being raised is THB120,000.

On a panel inside Si Phraya Pier we will create a printed panel that tells the story of the pier and the mural. Those donating money to the project will be recognized by name in this panel.We hope this project will create interest in this part of Bangkok.

We hope it will attract people to explore, photograph and write about the area and those living and working in it. We hope this project creates a sense of pride in the community. People working together to better the livability and prosperity for all who call this are home.

We need your help

Show your support by donating what you can to the project. Donations of THB1,000 and more will have their name (personal or business) included on the storyboard mounted inside the pier.





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First donor
1,098 THB
David Robinson
More street art in the Creative District... how cool!

Top contributor
5,097 THB
Linda Cheng

18 Donations
22 hours ago
1,500 THB
Dan Schacter
6 days ago
1,300 THB
Lutz van Raden
1 week ago
1,503 THB
Christine Lee
1 week ago
1,403 THB
Anna-Lena
Love to see this happen. I walk there every day!
1 week ago
1,403 THB
Matthew Baird
1 week ago
2,000 THB
พิมพ์สิริ ผลดี...
1 week ago
1,103 THB
อัครภูมิ พิศาลวานิช...
1 week ago
2,000 THB
Jesse Desjardins
1 week ago
5,097 THB
Linda Cheng
1 week ago
5,000 THB
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