Seoul Home Kanazawa Beijing suspended structure fabric green silk organza traditional Hanok house Do Ho Suh
Seoul Home Kanazawa Beijing suspended structure fabric green silk organza traditional Hanok house Do Ho Suh

Structure

One of Suh’s most important fabric works is his piece titled "Seoul Home/Seoul Home/Kanazawa Home/Beijing Home" (2012), a recreation of his childhood home, a traditional Hanok house that appears in numerous works.

Made from green silk organza (rather than the usual polyester), it is designed to be suspended overhead, like an oriental Tardis.

It’s a ghost of the house built by his father, the influential painter Suh Seok, itself a copy of one built in the 19th century as part of Changdeokgung Palace, the royal residence in the centre of Seoul.

King Sunjo wanted to experience the life of ordinary people, and had a scholar’s house built for this purpose in his compound, which is considered one of the most beautiful examples of traditional Korean architecture.

One hundred and fifty years later, Suh’s father’s replica of the master’s quarters and library from the royal home was constructed from high-grade lumber salvaged from this complex, through which a road was built during the Japanese occupation in a systematic attempt to destroy Korean culture.

POTD 20190801 | Sculpture by Do Ho Suh


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