yong ju lee pixelates melting train for dispersion sculpture
 
yong ju lee pixelates melting train for dispersion sculpture
jan 29, 2015

yong ju lee pixelates melting train for dispersion sculpture

the suin transportation line was opened in 1937 in south korea. almost two decades later in 1995, its railway was shut down. as a result, the younger generation of today barely knows of its existence. however, older people and photographers have many memories of traversing the scenic beach and saltern landscape that could be enjoyed during their commute. located in suin line memorial park, yong ju lee has designed ‘dispersion’ for restoring part of a narrow-gauge train at one end and melting the installation into its surroundings at the other.

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
the project is located in suin line memorial park

 

 

 

the first sculpture, ‘dispersion 1’, appears as a vehicle that dematerializes and solidifies. depending on the direction from which it is viewed, people are given a new perception of space and time. whole parts are made of one material – stainless steel, which makes a strong contrast to the nature of park with its reflective properties. by its surreal, dispersing figure in the air, the work also provides visual rhythm and whimsy in the context.

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
the vehicle dematerializes and solidifies

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
pixelated elevation

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
front view of dispersion 1

 

 

 

‘dispersion 2’ is developed for regenerating a shape similar to its relative, but focuses on the inside seats. ‘this railway had about 900mm width and people have diverse memories its narrow interior,’ yong recalls. ‘the quality of railway and railbed was not good enough and riding was not comfortable at all. standing passengers had experienced a hard time from shaking. the facing seats were so close that they barely let one person walk through.’ 

 

in order to recreate this nostalgia, the artwork presents confined horizontal dimensions. at the same time, an old woman’s silhouette has been placed on one side. the designer concludes by saying, ‘demateriality and surreality from stainless steel will provide visual refreshment and amusement. as a part of a series with dispersion 1, dispersion 2 allows unity to environment of suin line memorial park.’

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
dispersion 2 focuses on the inside seats

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
an old woman’s silhouette has been placed on one side

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
elements of dispersion 2

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
detail view 

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
patterned environment

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
unfolded layout 

yong ju lee melting train dispersion sculpture korea designboom
site plan

 

 

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