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Button artwork spreads messages of hope against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

Button artwork spreads messages of hope against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, August 13, 2021, 09:50 GMT+7
Button artwork spreads messages of hope against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City
Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh wipes the surface of an art piece he made out of plastic buttons titled 'Joining hands to fight against COVID-19,' which he gifted frontline medical workers in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh, a resident in Tan Phu District, Ho Chi Minh City, is hoping his art will give the city the boost it needs to overcome the fourth wave of COVID-19.

Thanh specializes in making artworks from used buttons and painting vivid images on medical face masks as a way of heightening COVID-19 awareness in the community. 

Thanh’s work is not just about battling COVID-19. 

The 28-year-old chemical engineering student uses buttons as a medium to highlight the dangers of plastic waste.

Each of Thanh’s posters goes through a series of stages before being released to the public. 

First, he brainstorms what ideas and messages he wants to share. 

Next, he sketches the poster, chooses suitable plastic buttons and beads, and harmonizes colors. 

Lastly, he frames the poster.

While some of his smaller works take two to three hours, larger pieces can take as long as four to five days.

Chemical engineering student Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh has a passion for fine art.  He spends most of his free time creating works from old buttons and plastic beads. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Chemical engineering student Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh has a passion for fine art. He spends most of his free time creating works from old buttons and plastic beads. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre  

“I try to share useful messages with people amid the COVID-19 pandemic so that I can remind them to be more careful,” explained Thanh.

“I gave some of my works to frontline medical workers as a way of showing my gratitude to them.

"I hope that all of us can stand with each other in the fight against the virus so we can put the pandemic under control and return to normal life."

Ho Chi Minh City has recorded over 137,000 local infections in this fourth wave, which broke out in Vietnam on April 27.

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh uses glue create his button art. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh uses glue to create his button art. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh create a piece of art using a variety of buttons and beads. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh creates a piece of art using a variety of buttons and beads. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A basket of buttons and plastic beads collected by Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh holds a basket of buttons and plastic beads. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh creates a piece of art which prompts others to conserve the environment and curb deforestation. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh creates a piece of art that encourages others to conserve the environment and curb deforestation. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Apart from making button drawings, Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh creates vivid images on medical facemasks for children. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

Apart from making button drawings, Nguyen Phuoc Quy Thanh creates vivid images of medical face masks for children. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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Kim Thoa - Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre News

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