bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok
bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok
oct 02, 2012

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok

‘meditation V’ by seo young deok

korean artist seo young deok has expanded his opus of bicycle chain artworks with ‘meditation V’, the form of a human face emerging from a sculpted surface. the piece is an addition to a scope of works deok has been creating for years. using miles of metal chains – whether it be from a bicycle or traditional shackles – the material is carefully welded to mimic the organic curves of a torso or fragments of a nose and eyes. one of his pieces of a giant 7-5 meter tall head molded from over GBP25,000 of chain. the work is informed by deok’s interest in crowded markets – at the metro or bus station – as well as elements of buddhist sculptures and paintings.

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok the material is molded to mimic the fine details of the human form

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok miles of bicycle chain were used to create the artwork

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok a detail image of the bicycle chain

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok ‘anguish IV’

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok other types of chain are also used to create the pieces

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok a detail of the sculpture

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok the work is informed by the artist’s interest in crowded markets and buddhist sculpture

bicycle chain sculptures by seo young deok ‘dystopia’

  • Cool!! Amazing work, nice idea

    7e55e says:
  • Dope!!!

    Extra Everything says:
  • Excellent. Genius work.

    Jim C. says:
  • fine art

    crows says:
  • Phenomenal work. “Anguish IV” looks like the person is composed of a giant mound of writhing maggots. So, so disturbing. I love it! Ha.

    Naimit says:
  • Beautiful…

    Liesel Kirste says:
  • ‘distopia’ is good. the others are quite average

    tomtom says:

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