Every year Thai people pay their respects to the goddess of water during the floating festival called Loi Krathong, and this year the Udonthani provincial government and municipality commissioned Bangkok-based Apostrophy's to design and float a giant lotus on floodwaters that engulfed not only Udonthani but many other parts of Thailand as well. Made of wire and fabric - on which kaleidoscopic images were projected - this beautiful project offered a colorful respite from the terrible floods.
The structure, floated on the Nong Prajut swamp, is shaped like a giant lotus flower with a prominent bud and petals at its base. It is roughly 12 meters around and 7 meters tall and features all kinds of projected mapping images. Although images are flashed onto the colorful petals, the bud is the main screen, where traditional folk stories of King Bhumibol and the Udonthani region were also displayed.
Because of the materials used, it seems to us that the lotus can be disassembled and re-used, though it must be said that Thai ceremonies are historically quite flamboyant. But given the floods that have destroyed so much of the country and all of the stress that must have caused, a little bit of colorful excess is okay, no?