A man in Vietnam has stopped following his employment to embark on his artistic pursuit of painstakingly creating small copies of buildings and landscapes out of numerous drops of wet cement.
Nguyen Duc Thang, 25, born in Thai Binh Province, northern Vietnam, used to work in the field of mechanics but later began focusing exclusively on fashioning cement works of art in his business facility, named Art Thang Gio.
He recalled that seeing that sand models are short-lived, he initially tried to figure out various solutions by which the models enjoy longevity and lasting beauty.
Thang combines sand, cement and water into a mixture, which is funneled through a cylinder to emerge in drops falling on a steel frame prepared previously.
Paint aerosols may be used to add colorful verisimilitude to the drop product.
He said every miniature replica has its own ‘soul,’ and only looks beautiful when the positioning of cement drops observes symmetry and regularity.
To complete a work of art, it requires great patience, and even physical injury, for Thang’s skin has been damaged by the cement, which caused ulcers on his hands on several occasions.
Most of his products are buildings, while some others are miniature landscapes, which mimick the scenery of mountains and their surroundings.
Each landscape model sells for VND200,000-500,000 (US$9-22) and even VND10 million ($439).
Some works necessitate two or three days for the completion, but the time span may reach one month for complicated models.
Thang was initiated into building with drops of wet cement in grades 7 and 8, but it was until last year that he started to consider it as his official job.
“I can play with each product to my heart’s content,” he said.
He also said it is difficult striking a balance between his interest and earnings, but he is doggedly determined to follow this dream job.
He has shared his methods of creating cement drop models on social media forums, hoping to find a person with a kindred spirit.
Here are several of Thang’s miniature landscapes: