I am so thrilled that Sang Thong II has been acquired by the Whitehorse City Council.
Sang Thong, a well-known Thai folk tale, Sang Thong, is centred on a marriage between a man and a woman of different social status.
Sang Thong, the main character, disguises his golden body under a deformed mask in order to find his true love. He finally finds his wife who comes from a rich family and truly loves him. She can see his true nature and beauty through the mask. However, because his mask represented the lowest class in society, he had to go to extraordinary lengths to prove his love for her to his wife’s family and friends, including winning a grand fishing competition.
The story not only represents Thailand social class issues but also reflects the situation of same-sex marriage in Australia. In other words, the extraordinary lengths people have to go to in order to be accepted.
The sculpture depicts Sang Thong when he entered the fishing competition to prove his survival skill and prove his love for his wife and her family. Two traditional male fish patterns were painted on the mask to touch on the same-sex marriage connection. The mask can be removed in order to show Sang Thong’s golden features. He is standing on a 4-tier stand, which represents the many obstacles he has successfully overcome.