Posted by: rbbadger | February 16, 2010

Spring

One of the things which the city of Seoul has tried to do in recent years has been to beautify the city.  In the 1960 until the 1990s, the stress was on industrialization.  Now that Korea is an industrialized country, many of the cities have become interested in beautifying the cities and making them more liveable.  Under the leadership of now President Lee Myeong-bak, the Cheonggyecheon Stream was brought back, making way for a wonderful area to walk and relax.  Of course, art has been a part of this. 

In 2006, a new sculpture by the married couple of Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen was placed in the Gwanghwamun area in central Seoul.  This statue has its admirers and its detractors.  To me, it looks like a giant ice-cream cone.  This statue is entitled Spring.  Here is a side view.

Here is the front view of the statue.

Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, but he was born in Sweden.  He was trained in America, though.  His wife, the late Coosje van Bruggen was born in The Netherlands. She also became an American citizen.  Coosje van Bruggen died of breast cancer last year.  Since their marriage in 1977, Oldeburg and van Bruggen worked together on many different projects around the world.

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