Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Marble of Pyeongchang
I created the following three pieces of artwork as a personal project on the topic of Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang of Korea. Fond of working on natural objects as materials and subjects, I have expressed this special event taking place in Pyeongchang in 2018 through the natural object of Pyeongchang.
Explanation of work  During the 2018 Winter Olympics, there are numerous matches on the ground of Pyeongchang. I utilized stone of Pyeongchang to express the game scenes of PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
 
Beautiful marble called 'Pyeongchang Seok' is produced in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. ('Seok' means stone in Korean.) It is a colorful marble mixed with pink, bluish gray, white and black. Such a splendid stone was embraced in an extensive but plain landscape of Pyeongchang.

This is the time to show a new side of PyeongChang in the Republic of Korea that the world has not known. The dramatic moments that will be presented in 17 days from February 9 to 25, 2018 were put on series of three art posters. In the beautiful patterns and swirls of Pyeongchang marble, skiers run steep mountains, figure skaters show off beautiful performances, and bobsleigh slides down fast.


Idea development I intended to find something unique to Pyeongchang that was not found in other parts of the world, and I wanted to use it to create artwork. This is because I thought that I could complete the design different from other Olympics so far in only that way.
 
I started to investigate the characteristics of Pyeongchang, local attractions, and specialty products. Pyeongchang has a beautiful natural landscape, but I thought that there are a lot of regions in Korea with similar scenery, and it is difficult to see that the flora and fauna representing Pyeongchang is unique to Pyeongchang because it is a species that lives not only in Korea but also in foreign countries.
 
In the meantime, I came to know that the mineral resource reserves of Gangwon-do province account for 70% of Korea and it is a report of mineral resources of Korea where various rare mineral resources are buried. I  searched for rare minerals in Pyeongchang, but I did not. Alternatively, I came up with a marble instead. I thought If there were any marble produced in PyeongChang, it could definitely be Pyeongchang's unique asset.
 
Marble is colored and patterned according to the type and amount of metal incorporated. This is why marbles all over the world have different patterns and colors in the same name 'marble' and it is difficult to find identical type of marble in other area due to different stone and soil quality of each region.
 
Luckily, I was able to get marble of Pyeongchang called 'Pyeongchang Seok' through the company that develops Pyeongchang's rocky mountain. The Pyeongchang marble which I saw directly was very colorful and splashy, so it seemed to be able to produce the scenes of the Winter Olympics dramatically. Furthermore, rather than repeating certain patterns, all the parts were mixed with different patterns, making it easy to produce various scenes of the Olympic Games.


Skiing on the Pyeongchang-marble
To represent alpine skiing that descends rapidly from the vast mountain, a person was expressed small, and I created five representative players of the Oita League, like the Olympic symbol.For creating skiers, same marble pattern was used to match the background pattern.​​​​​​​


Figure skating on the Pyeongchang-marble
In order to express the dreamy scene of figure skating, a sport with artistry, I selected marble with white spots like clouds and increased the saturation to look more impressive.


Bobsleigh on the Pyeongchang-marble
To represent the sliding track, I chose marble with thick dark stripes. The bobsleigh sled was difficult to represent with only the silhouette of the marble pattern. So I expressed the feeling of carving stone marble. The number 023 on the bobsleigh represents the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.


This is a marble produced in PyeongChang. photo: Dongho marble​​​​​​​
This project got featured on 'DesignBoom'




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