Hang Dau Water Tower (Hanoi Capital of Vietnam) a historical gem constructed in 1894 at the crossroads of Hang Than, Hang Luoc, Hang Giay, Hang Dau, Quan Thanh, and Phan Dinh Phung streets in Ba Dinh district, has stood the test of time. Initially erected to provide clean water for French soldiers and citizens during the colonial era (or French Indochina period), this cylindrical stone tower, boasting a diameter of 19m and standing three stories tall, served as a vital water supply hub.
A Glimpse into Restoration Efforts
Over the years, Hang Dau Water Tower in Hanoi has undergone renovations to preserve its architectural heritage. While the original structure remains intact, recent refurbishments have seen 17 windows on the first floor sealed. Presently, the tower is undergoing a transformation into an art space, set to welcome visitors from November 17 to December 31.
According Vietnam Travel Guide visit, the second floor of Hang Dau Water Tower now dons a new facade, departing from the exposed stone appearance of the first floor. The exterior restoration has captured the attention of tourists, particularly foreign visitors, as they pass by this iconic monument.
A Fusion of Art and Heritage inside Hang Dau Water Tower
Hang Dau Water Tower is poised to become a focal point for artistic expression as part of the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023, under the auspices of the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Vietnam Association of Architects. The creative initiative extends beyond Hang Dau, encompassing historical sites like Gia Lam train factory, Hanoi station, Long Bien station, and Long Bien bridge.
Before its public unveiling on November 17, the water tower will be imaginatively transformed into an art space, featuring two prominent installations. The first is a captivating sound installation system, recreating the soothing sounds of water in nature, while the second comprises a light installation system, utilizing recycled artifacts from urban waste to expand the visual panorama.
Unveiling the Mystical Art Space Within
On the opening day, visitors will be treated to an Asian-inspired artistic experience crafted by a talented design team, including architect Cao The Anh and artist Nguyen Duc Phuong. Inside, a circular path made of recycled wood will guide groups of 20-30 people along the diameter of the Hang Dau Water Tower.
The centerpiece of the art space is a collection of 19th-century jars, each playing a crucial role in creating a vibrant sound system. Originating from a time when Northerners used them to collect rainwater, these jars amplify the sounds of various natural waters, from sea and river to spring and rain. The waterfall effect is achieved through a water pump system, adjusting the frequency and speed of water drops to create a captivating auditory performance.
While visitors can only explore the first floor of Hang Dau Water Tower due to safety reasons, the absence of the iron ladder connecting the floors opens up the opportunity for a more immersive experience in this enchanting art space. Complementing the auditory journey, recycled nylon artworks with variegated colors shed light on the critical issue of urban water resources.
If you’re eager to immerse yourself in a maze of water sounds and lights, mark your calendar to visit the captivating art space inside Hang Dau Water Tower in Hanoi from November 17 to December 30, 2023!
(Source vnexpress.net, dantri.vn, cand.com.vn)