South Korea

18
JAN
2018
Clock made from upcycled bicycle wheel

Art and design made from used bicycle parts

When used bicycle parts get a second life as something beautiful, the term ‘upcycling’ couldn’t be more apt. Although an advocate of all things eco, I am one of the few Londoners that doesn’t do cycling – in fact, you couldn’t pay me to get on a Boris Bike. But... Read More →
18
JUN
2015
Seoul-Skygarden

Seoul Skygarden from a disused overpass

Dutch architects MVRDV are to design a High Line style park in the South Korean capital. Plans are now in motion for upcycling the neglected 938m long overpass which was built in the 1970s and closed in 2009 after being deemed unsafe for heavy vehicles. An elevated park will... Read More →
29
JUL
2013
Horang-ee (Tiger) in Chungju Korea by Klaus Dauven

Reverse graffiti art by Klaus Dauven

The stunning work of German artist Klaus Dauven is often described as ‘reverse graffiti’.  Rather than creating artwork by applying layers of spray paint to the urban environment, his work is about subtracting the dirt and grime from public areas to reveal beautiful... Read More →
04
OCT
2011

Power of Making

This weekend I saw the the Power of Making at the V&A – an exhibition of 100 exquisitely crafted objects by both amateurs and leading makers from around the world.  Here I was introduced to the exceptional work of Yong Ho Ji, a Korean artist who uses layers of shredded... Read More →
22
SEP
2011

The Die is Cast

These fascinating works are by Korean artist Kim Hyun who makes figurative sculptures using wire and dice, moulding them into human forms.  In order to convey an authentic human like stance, Hyun uses plaster casts of people then runs wire through the dice to recreate the... Read More →