Category Archives: Seoul

Breathing Life into Inanimate Objects

I must say I love doing it!

My studio has been a bustling place to be these last couple of days. I taught a friend how to make a mosaic (she is, for the record, totally besotted and has already scoped out her studio in her garage!!! Yay) and then a little 4 year old came over (one of my daughter’s womb buddies) and made a stepping stone. She rocked that mosaic!!! We were done in an hour and she was asking me what we could do next ๐Ÿ˜‰ My kinda gal!

I finished, 100%, my commission-du-jour, Sir Elton. He’s not only grouted, but signed, sealed and on his way to be delivered. It’s rather exciting and then not so… The departure is all too sudden. I know, daft really. After all they are just inanimate objects. Why should I get so attached?! I never feel like I do until I have to say goodbye. So Sir Elton is packed in a box, surrounded by a some kind of foam, that was liquid so it could dry into his shape and mould him all the way to Seoul, Korea. He’s the one on the right ๐Ÿ˜‰

Chicky Babes

Sir Elton

Called on the paparazzi for these pictures (by my sister Lee Grant). After all who knows when we’ll get Liberace and Sir Elton together again?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I have plans for perhaps extending the series even further ๐Ÿ™‚ Why not?! I might as well now and from this day forth be known as “The Chicken Lady”. {teehee…} I’m very pleased how he turned out. Let’s all hope that he makes it over in one piece…

Next on my hit list is the next commission – a big fish, another 3D sculpture. I’m excited about this one. Stuck a few tiles on him today and he’s come alive already. It’s exciting to watch. His tail is broken so I’m going to have to make and attach a new section on. I’m thinking mesh + thinset + *maybe* (if it’s necessary) some polystyrene… A bit of Darjit would be useful! Still need to follow up on that workshop. It’d be fun to do. There was talk about a workshop being held down my way… I have considered organising a one here, maybe even at the Art School at Uni. I think there’d be plenty of people interested. Just another thing to do really and fairly low on my list of priorities, I might add. Almost did one while I was over in San Francisco, as there was a course right after the mural workshop I participated in at IMA. Oh if I didn’t have a life and all I had to do was travel, make mosaics and meet lotsa cool, talented artists! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hmmm… actually now that I see it in writing, it’s what I do, just part time! That makes me feel better, I think… I think I just implied to myself that I have no life. Hmmm, time to get some sleep I think. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So on that note: Voila! Here is one of my WIPs (I’m actually working on 4 different projects right now, that’s a little psychotic is it not?!). I think he’s going to be loads of fun!


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Seoul Subway Mosaics & Glass Art

Just thought I’d finally post the remaining pictures of the mosaics I found in the Seoul subway system – I have to say a very pristine and efficient one in my opinion! And one that is so much more pleasing to the eye with the addition of mosaic murals!!! Gotta love how Seoulites embrace public art.

Seoul Subway Mosaics
I really quite likes this one because it deviated from the “norm” – most of the mosaics I saw on the subway there were worked in the grid style, opus regulatum.

Seoul Subway Mosaics
This is one of the bathrooms (!!!) at Itaewon station…

Seocho Subway Station
At Seocho station – thought this was funky!

Seoul Subway Mosaics
I wonder if this is the same artist as the first one above…

Kkot Gil - Flower Road
This mural was titled “Kkot Gil” which means “Flower Road”. Can be found at Gosok Terminal.

Tongdaemun Station Mosaic Artwork
This was at Tongdaemun Station –ย  a huge transfer point.

Tongdaemun Station Mosaic Artwork
Also at Tongdaemun…

Stained Glass Ceiling
A stained glass ceiling at Tongdaemun Station. Just so lovely!!! Look up as you go up or down the looooong escalators…

Seoul Subway Glasswork
Also at Itaewon Station…

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Apgujeong Subway Mosaics

In the area of Seoul known as Apgujeong, I found more mosaic murals in the subway station. These also use the grid style of making mosaics employing the 2 cm tile, but also a little bit of handmade tile.

I’m not sure who made these since I couldn’t find a plaque located nearby with any information on it. Apgujeong is a very upscale part of Seoul though. Boutique stores like Prada etc and fancy department stores… aswell as plenty of plastic surgeons! Funny how the two seem to go hand in hand these days… lol.

Apgujeong Subway Station

Apgujeong Subway Station

Apgujeong Subway Station - detail

Apgujeong Subway Station

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Hodori – Tongdaemun Stadium Subway

In Seoul, many of the mosaics were in subway stations. The 1988 Olympics were held at Tongdaemun Stadium, so of course it is only fitting that the mascot, named Hodori, be plastered all over the subway station walls.
The mascot was designed by Kim Hyun as a friendly tiger. Apparently, the name Hodori (ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด) was chosen from over 2000 suggestions sent in by the public. “Ho” is derived from the Korean word for tiger (horangi/ ํ˜ธ๋ž‘์ด), and “dori” is a diminutive for boys in Korea. I will admit I was quite the fan back in ’88 lol ๐Ÿ™‚

These murals are all made of ceramic 2cm tile, worked in a grid style. They were large too! I’m sure making all of these got tedious by the end but I think they turned out well.
Boxing ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

Taekwondo ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

Rowing ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

Ping Pong ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

Shooting ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

Basketball ํ˜ธ๋Œ์ด

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Dog Tag Tear Drop, Seoul

Back to the War Memorial in Seoul… There was an interesting sculpture made out of dog tags called The Drop or Nun’Mul Bang’Ul.

The plaque reads:

In remembrance of the Korean soldiers and UN military participants who lost their lives in the Korean War, the respect towards the warriors (1,300 identification tags) has been embodied as tear drops. The iron thorns symbolise the horror, suppression and danger of the tragic war. The circle on the sand below represents the wave of the drop.

I thought it was an interesting sculpture essentially employing mosaic to make the drop. The use of the dog tags of dead soldiers, I thought, was very powerful.

Dog Tag Mosaic Sculpture

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Scaly Building

In the area of Seoul known as Samcheongdong – the new “it” part of Seoul – were some really interesting shops and buildings. One of which was this restaurant.

Mosaic (?) scale building

Funky Building

Very cool! It was closed when I walked past, so I couldn’t go in and taste the food ๐Ÿ˜ฆ All the “scales” are made of recycled metal. Not sure what!? But, interesting and colourful anyway…

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Residential Complex in Seoul

When I went to visit my Grandmother I noticed almost immediately all this mosaic around the grounds. I particularly like this one, as it is obviously telling a story. I havn’t found out whether it is based on a Korean folktale or just something the artist mused up.

Unfortunately, I once again don’t know the name of the artist or anything actually about all these pieces. There is alot though. I couldn’t even begin to tell you how much. They do however stand at about 1.2 metres in height and are made entirely of ceramic. The only thing I think I would change is the choice of grout colour. I think it would have looked much better in a darker grey as opposed to a white, perhaps a charcoal!? In any case it’s pretty fantastic! Moreso, I think, because there is so much of it. Sometimes things en masse really do look better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Loads more pictures on my flickr site in the Seoul Mosaics Set.

Residential Complex

Residential Complex

Residential Complex

Residential Complex

Residential Complex

Residential Complex

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