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Public Delivery: The work on Asia’s tallest mural started

Public Delivery: The work on Asia’s tallest mural started

ECB Hendrik Beikirch - Busan (South Korea)
ECB Hendrik Beikirch in front of his blank canvas

Public Delivery is proudly presenting the tallest non-commercial painting ever made in Korea, applied by ECB Hendrik Beikirch, stretching over 70m. The artwork is located in Busan, the second largest city, between South Korea’s two most famous beaches, Gwangalli (광안리해수욕장) and Haeundae (해운대해수욕장).

The project is kindly supported by the Busan Cultural Foundation, the Arts Council Korea, Busan Metropolitan City and Suyeong Local Government. We are glad to have MBC, the oldest and one of the major commercial broadcasting companies, as our media partner.

UPDATE: The final photos and everything about the project, preview 1, preview 2


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Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

Uncomfortable: These two couches are made from marble

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Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

It looks like somebody has misplaced two couches right in the center of Zürich, but curious passers looking for a rest will be surprised, the furniture feels hard and cold and doesn’t deliver the expected comfort. The Sofa in White are two artworks made out of marble, created by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei (1957).

For Art and the City, the largest outdoor exhibition of Switzerland, he placed The Sofa in White right in the financial district. The artworks look like a certain model of 1970s furniture, sold in millions especially to the Chinese middle class and turned into an icon of a generation, representing achievable modest wealth and comfort. Weiwei’s couches are handmade by Chinese craftsman using expensive marble, each piece is 1.020 kg heavy. They are currently in front of Credit Suisse, with UBS one of the two big banks that are situated at the Paradeplatz since the end of the 19th Century. This place is one of the world’s most expensive locations and became well known through international tv as almost every report about Swiss banks shows the Paradeplatz. Now it embodies the cliche of Swiss banks like no other and stands for money and gold, bank secrecy and money laundering and for bonuses and financial crisis. The seatings are a symbol for globalization, a source of major profits for the Credit Suisse.

Ai Weiwei’s The Sofa in White and other artworks are on display in the city space until September 23rd.

Art and the City takes place in Zürich right now and shows 40 works by artists like Doug Aitken, Paul McCarthy and others. The public art project coincides with the Venice Biennale and Kassel’s documenta, roughly located between their two venues.

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

Ai Weiwei - Sofa in White, 2011, Zürich
Ai WeiweiSofa in White, 2011, Zürich

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This Austrian artist is considered one of the most important postwar-artists

This Austrian artist is considered one of the most important postwar-artists

Franz West - The Unconscious Sculpture

Franz West - Drama (Modell), 2001 at Kunsthaus Bregenz
Drama (Modell), 2001 at Kunsthaus Bregenz
Photo: apa /Franz West / Kunsthaus Bregenz / Rudolf Sagmeister

The Austrian Franz West (1947-2012), one of the most important postwar-artists, died less than two weeks ago. His work has been repeatedly exhibited at documenta, the Venice Biennale and in 2011 was awarded the Golden Lion at the Biennale di Venezia in recognition for his life’s work.

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Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

Impressive: 100,000 LEDs lights on river in Tokyo

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Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Fireflies have become a rare sight in Japan. Once they used to glow their low light all over the country in the summer time but now they have become an uncommon sight even in rural areas. Last month 100,000 LED lights floated down through Tokyo’s city centre on the Sumida river mimicking a stream of fireflies. This happend on the occasion of the Tokyo Hotaru Festival (Tokyo Firefly Festival) which was first held in 2012 and is intended to revalue the river and its surroundings, similar to what Seoul has done with their prestigious Cheonggyecheon stream renaturation project. The LED lights were sponsored by Panasonic and equipped with solar cells. At the end all of the lights were taken out of the river by using a big net.

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

Tokyo Hotaru Festival, 2012

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(via, photos by Tokyo Hotaru & Mai Suzuki)


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Public Delivery + Hendrik Beikirch: Mural in Germany

Public Delivery + Hendrik Beikirch: Mural in Germany

ECB Hendrik Beikirch - futureispast, 2012 in Friedberg, Germany

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A couple of weeks ago we organized the mural futurememories in Friedberg, Germany. It got painted on the backside of an old and famous Jugendstil indoor swimming pool from 1909 and was featured in a tv report (see above).

The mural was presented together with an exhibition by Young-in Son at the Kunstverein Friedberg.


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Julian Opie and others on Asia’s largest media canvas

Julian Opie and others on Asia’s largest media canvas

Gana Mplanet is one of the most exciting places for public art in South Korea and arguably all of Asia. Being located directly at Seoul Station this huge 99 x 79m media canvas displays various art installations throughout the year.

https://vimeo.com/11858155
Julian Opie

https://vimeo.com/28706604
Robert Seidel

https://vimeo.com/11860157
Yang Man-ki (양만기)


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These beautiful billboards mimic moving landscapes

These beautiful billboards mimic moving landscapes

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Ben Long - The Hay Wain (after John Constable), 2012

Dedham Lock and Mill & The Stour Valley (after John Constable), 2012

Ben Long - Detail of Dedham Lock and Mill (after John Constable), 2012

Right now the city of Birmingham has about hundred 6x3m billboards by 29 international artists on display. Ben Long’s Moving Landscapes uses digitally altered and familiar 19th Century oil landscapes by artists like Constable, Wilson and Gainsborough to pose questions about our experience of modern life and the interaction with old and well-known reproduced artworks.

“The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a locomotive. Paintings (…) who expressed a romantic outlook of tranquility and contented country life, are reconsidered in relation to a modern reality that no longer moves at a stable, orderly pace. Moving Landscapes prompt us to examine whether we are exhilarated or baffled by the acceleration of modern life and whether access to more information at a faster speed means a greater or lesser experience of the world around us.”

“But I also think there is a cautionary meaning in there too, which is to do with how the historic can be manipulated and used as a commodity, and how we have become over-saturated with paintings by artists such as Constable to the point that we are no longer able to see them clearly. The Hay Wain is a perfect example of that because it appears on greetings cards and biscuit tins – my Nanna even has Constable place mats that she brings out when guests come to dinner! Rarely are we afforded a direct and pure experience of art. The reproduction is how we’re constantly receiving information and in a commercial world the meaning and original intention of these artworks become subtly distorted given enough time.”

The intervention is organized by EC Arts and runs until April 29th, 2012.

> more insights by Long about his projects at It’s Nice That

> more billboards at the 48Sheet project site


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