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孕育 / Gestate

Photos: Busan Biennale Organizing Committee

Ⓒ PARK Hongsoon




尺寸: 20m(L)x 6m(W)x 3.4m(H)







Title: Gestate

Artist: Lee, Kuei-Chih

photography: Busan Biennale Organizing Committee, PARK Hongsoon

Material: Bamboo

Size: 20m(L)x 6m(W)x 4m(H)

Location: Ilgwang Beach, Busan, Republic of Korea

Year: 2021

“Sea Art Festival 2021”


As the COVID-19 virus is a pandemic in the world, countries have taken corresponding measures to prevent and stop the epidemic, and this has also led to a significant reduction in human activities on the earth. After reducing human activities, we found that the earth's ecology is cleaner and more balanced than before. This also makes humans think more seriously about the balance between man and nature and the issues of need and taking.

This wavy natural sculpture is located at Ilgwang Beach in South Korea. It occupies a part of the space between the low tide and the high tide on the sandy ground, and while breathing with the rise and fall of the tide, and also coexists with the waves. In addition, bamboo has the attributes and characteristics of mountains under its soft lines. I use bamboo to create this

"Breath of the Sea" work at the beach. I am trying to connect mountains and seas, people and nature, and embrace the flowing energy of nature. Give gifts created by humans to this ocean, and express the ecological cycle chain and the importance of symbiosis in each other.

Photos: Busan Biennale Organizing Committee

Ⓒ PARK Hongsoon

Thanks to Busan Biennale Organizing Committee, Ritika Biswas, Lee Najeong, Park Bonggi, Kim Guenjae, Wie Seabok, Bae Sunduck, Jo Wongu

Gestate, 2021

LEE, Kuei-Chih

Materials and dimensions: bamboo, 2,000cm(L) x 600cm(W) x 340cm(H)

This large, interwoven bamboo structure occupies the liminal zone of the seashore, between high tide and low tide of the East Sea. As the waves ebb and flow, Gestate inhales and exhales along with this fluid, ceaseless cycle. Composed of egg-shaped shelter partly submerged within the water and a serpentine ‘tail’ that traverses the width of the Ilgwang beach, this transboundary work draws attention to the permeable walls that exist between us. Its porous bamboo skin allows the high tide to rush into its shelter, momentarily transforming it into a gestational, liquid room that can be entered by visitors.

Gestate’s architectural softness and conceptual fluidity permeate this landscape; an open space within which people can intermingle with the sea, the work, and one another. LEE creates a meditative environment for visitors to realign themselves with bodies and currents that might feel alien or distant to them. It opens up a space for the incubation and development of intuitive processes, emotional resonance, and meta-cognition. His conceptual thrust originates from the ruptures and dissonance created by our anthropocentric society that is intellectually and sensually estranged from non-human nature. Gestate is an organic space for nurture, recognition, and rest.

LEE, Kuei-Chih

b. 1979 Yunlin County, Taiwan

Lives in Taipei, Taiwan, and practices around the world.

LEE, Kuei-Chih’s artistic practice is one that is constant spiritual and aesthetic exchange with non-human nature; in fact, he considers nature as his direct teacher. Drawing from Chinese philosophy, water is a crucial entity in his works, sculpting and catalyzing his large-scale ecological structures that mirror and carve through the landscapes in which they are built. Creating a dialectic between materialism and nature, LEE’s works take on a metaphysical quality and spirit of inquiry.

Written by Ritika Biswas


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