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Thai Sculpture Controversy

By Brian Mertens

Chatchai Puipia’s Wish You Were Here, 2007–08, which was installed amid ancient temples in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Following media outcry over its controversial placement, the sculpture was relocated to a different site. Photo by David McClelland.

AYUTTHAYA — A monumental sculpture made headlines across Thailand when it was installed outdoors amid the ancient temples of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Siam that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Placed there by the Ministry of Culture as part of contemporary art programming for the Third Thailand International Balloon Festival…

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