Defending the Sculpture of Light over the Controversy

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Chiang Mai University rejected a bid to remove the Sculpture of Light, an art show that bears the portrait of King His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.

The Uni shared that it respected the constitutional monarchy and that students and staff highly esteemed His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great. In addition, it was indescribably grateful for the contributions of King Rama IX to the country and would not allow any act to be performed within its compound that diminished in any way the honor of the late king.

The announcement was made in response to a campaign calling for the removal of the art show mounted on the side of an exterior wall at its Faculty of Architecture to benefit students, workers, alumni and the general public.

The organizer said some individuals were worried about the allocation of public space to art displays and everyone was entitled to express views about how the space could be used.

The movement also encouraged the faculty to take down the Sculpture of Light to demonstrate that it remained neutral politically. The sunlight-responsive sculpture in the correct light produces the impression of the late king and was designed by the faculty.

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