Artist Creates a Colorful Mosaic of 1,000 Doors in Seoul

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

This surreal construct is one of the many public art projects by South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa, whose love of found objects and anti-institutional approach to art is known internationally (he once hung strings of sparkling garbage around Seoul Olympic Stadium). The 10-story tall installation called Doors is comprised of 1,000 reused, brightly colored doors transformed into a rustic and visually indulgent object evoking a pixelated and painterly effect from afar, perhaps reminiscent of an abstract Klimt painting. Alternatively, the installation can also be read less glamorously as a mirror to Seoul’s increasingly ad-dominated cityscape where Doors resembles a jarring collection of ads to the point of irony. (Via Colossal.)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

South Korean artist Choi Jeong-Hwa's "Doors" installation. (Courtesy Choi Jeong-Hwa)

5 Responses to “Artist Creates a Colorful Mosaic of 1,000 Doors in Seoul”

  1. Douglas says:

    I live in Seoul and my friend in the US wants me to go have a look at Doors, but I haven’t been able to find where it is- except for a 명륜동, 원주/안동. If you have time, please send me some exact information about the location. Thank you!

  2. Cindy Yewon Chun says:

    It was indeed in 종로구 명륜동, Seoul Women’s University construction site. Unfortunately, this is most likely no longer there; what I hear is that this installation was a cover-up for the construction– when the construction is done, it’s gone.

  3. Douglas says:

    I’d heard about it but never did see it… and I’ve been living in Jongno for over 6 years! Funny how that project is being renovated at this point in time. Thank you for your reply.

  4. Jaime Cortez says:

    if you’re the first your good. well thought i feel like going out.

  5. Mosaics says:

    A truly amazing structure and one that only an artist would think of! I am wondering though which door is the entrance???

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