University students and design studios have turned Bangkok’s most famous flower market into a living exhibition using the products for which the venue is famous.
Each installation comprising Form of Feeling at Pak Khlong Talat is meant to capture the emotions of the times. For Sadness, royal orchids are built up like a botanical shower to represent their popular use in religious ceremonies such as funerals and merit-making activities, while a cascade of white flowers capturing a yearning for inner peace comprises Calm.
The exhibition is a joint effort by Humans of Flower Market, a group of Silpakorn University students; concert design specialist HUI Design Team; and lighting design studio Saturated Lights. Each draws on its area of expertise to help the flower market — and the community that keeps it running — remain relevant after two pandemic-battered years.
The group uses a combination of lighting, color arrangement techniques, and flowers sourced from stalls at the market, Bangkok’s bustling main flower market and a popular tourist attraction, to produce extraordinarily sensory installations.
The event runs until Monday. Though there is no entry fee, the group encourages attendees to purchase flowers from the market and use them as de facto tickets to enter the event. The flowers they collect will be used for their next flower-focused exhibition.
The exhibition is free to all visitors and runs open 4pm to 9pm every day. Pak Khlong Talat is on Soi San Chao Ban Mo and can be reached from MRT Sanamchai.