Using salvaged building materials like doors in your next building project is a good idea, but South Korean installation artist Choi Jeong-Hwa takes it to a whole new level. Using 1,000 recycled doors, Choi Jeong-Hwa transformed an otherwise nondescript, 10-storey facade into a eye-dazzling delight of colours and textures.
Modern-day Seoul is well-known for its mid-sized, mixed-use, multi-storey commercial buildings called huh ga bang, which proliferate throughout the city like modern-day parasites alongside the centuries-old, wooden and shingled houses. It could be that Choi is attempting to bridge old and new through the use of these recycled doors, which lend an idiosyncratic character to what would be an otherwise bland structure.
In his artistic practice, Choi turns to everyday, ordinary objects to create his works in an attempt to engage ordinary people. As he tells The Creators Project, he became an installation artist because he couldn't paint nor draw:
I couldn’t really draw so I didn’t think I could become a painter, but I really liked walking. So I used to walk between streets and narrow alleys and discover garbage piles and construction sites. I realized that “normal” people built and created things better than artists or professionals. Plus, what they were making was more natural. I decided against becoming an artist and decided instead to be an ordinary person who thinks like an artist.
We've seen one of Choi's works previously in the Happy Happy Plastic Stadium, a gigantic installation of 1.7 million pieces of discarded plastic covering one of Seoul's stadiums. His medium of choice is usually recycled plastic -- the tackier, the better.
Employing repetition, bold colours, salvaged materials and clever cultural references, Choi's numerous works skillfully transform everyday objects in order to delineate spaces of wonder and curiosity. There's more of Choi's fascinating installations of recycled materials on his website.