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Thai designer crafts beauty from waste

With goals of art and sustainability Pin gives new life to steel scrap

Thai metal sculptor Saruta "Pin" Kiatparkpoom stands between her two welders at her workshop in outer Bangkok. (Photo by Pattrica Lipatapanlop)

BANGKOK -- Saruta "Pin" Kiatparkpoom's workshop in Bangkok rattles and clangs to the sound of crashing metal. Great big steel grills are bent, twisted and welded together under a fountain of sparks and smoke as Pin gives life to her newest creation -- a 3-meter-wide chandelier that will hang in a high-end beauty shop in downtown Bangkok.

The sprawling piece is one of several she was racing to finish by the end of the year as she makes up for business lost to the coronavirus. In December she installed a sculpture at the Wonderfruit arts festival in Pattaya and in January she is due to exhibit online at the Maison & Objet trade fair in Paris for the sixth year running.

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