Installation view. The Crowning Project : Haenam Samsan Elementary School

The Crowned Thinker

The Crowned King Sejong the Great

The Crowned Yu Gwan-Sun

The Crowned Reading Girl 

The Crowned Seungbok Lee 

The Crowned Shin Saimdang 

The Crown for The Thinker 

The Crown for King Sejong The Great

The Crown for Yu Gwan-Sun 

The Crown for The Reading Girl

The Crown for Seungbok Lee

The Crown for Shin Saimdang

The Crowning Project   (2016-ongoing)

The Crowning Project is a project which crowns sculptures in a public space, especially in elementary schools. The sculptures were used as political propaganda and most of them have been removed or destroyed now, but some of them have survived from the 60s, 70s and 80s, the period of military dictatorship in Korea. The sculptures deserve the authority of a crown because of the survival and adoration they have received from the innocent minds in the past. With the coronation, I would like to drag up the past that we have tried to erase and the context of those surviving statues, which is obsolete just as the crown.

왕관 프로젝트 (2016-현재 진행 중)

왕관 프로젝트 는 지금은 대부분이 철거 되었지만, 60년대와 70년대, 그리고 80년대에 이르는 군사 독재 시절, 정치 캠페인의 일환으로 공공장소, 특히 초등학교에 설치 되었던 조각들 중 지금까지 살아남은 소수의 조각들에게 왕관을 씌워주는 프로젝트이다. 생존, 그리고 과거 순수한 동심들의 흠모를 대변하는 이 조각상들의 대관식을 통해 나는 우리가 지우려고 했던 과거와, 왕관처럼 지금은 더 이상 통용되지 않는 이 조각상들의 컨텍스트를 다시금 상기시켜보고자 한다.

Installation view. The Crowning Project : Haenam Samsan Elementary School

2016

Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned Thinker 

2016 

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned King Sejong the Great

2016

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned Yu Gwan-Sun

2016

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned Reading Girl

2016

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned Seungbok Lee

2016

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

Installation view. The Crowned Shin Saimdang

2016

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

The Crown for The Thinker

2016

Aluminum, crystal, natural pearls, brass ornaments, epoxy, 24k gold leaf

60x45x45cm

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

The Crown for King Sejong the Great

2016

Swarovski crystal, gemstones, glass beads, tassels, brass

135x15x15cm

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Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

The Crown for Yu Gwan-Sun

2016

Aluminum, glass beads, pearls, 24k gold leaf

50x42x2cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

The Crown for The Reading Girl

2016

Silk, velvet, glass beads, pearls, crystal, brass

50x23x15x50cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

The Crown for Seungbok Lee

2016

Glass beads, pearls, brass, silk

30x14x14cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

 

The Crown for Shin Saimdang

2016

Crystal, glass beads

10x10x10cm

Courtesy of the artist

Photo: Kwack Gongshin ⓒYeesookyung

Exhibition history

Pungryunamdo Art Project, Haengcheon Museum, Haenam, Korea, 2016