According to Bateman, as he was working on his piece, some local construction workers came over to help him, after awhile assisting him in placing pebbles to embed in the final piece.
“I find these moments integrating with members of the local community deeply heart warming…They clearly recognised, liked and respected the Governor.”
“The materials I use are very accessible, making the work inclusive to people from all socio-economic backgrounds. The materials and location of the work are deliberately intended to reduce the boundary between the audience and the art. Most of my work is impermanent, created with stones I find on location and brushed away after completion, akin to a sand mandala. However, on this occasion I decided to buy my own stones from all over Thailand and after exhibiting it in the street, I transported it to my studio to make it permanent. The piece is now preserved for purposes of a future art exhibition. Only 10% of my work becomes permanent and the demand is incredibly high for these pieces.”