UPSIDEDOWN

UPSIDEDOWN

20140308_205419

Location

20140228_145017

Plain / Elevation

 SCAN0412

SCAN0411

Concept Statement

It is a 16 ft. wide and 10 ft. high sculpture made out of black concrete with different surface finishes on the inner and outer walls. The outer walls are made with plain concrete which has rough surfaces, and the inner wall concrete is slightly polished to give a reflective effect.

The main concept of this sculpture is inequity in our society. The left side pyramid represents the hierarchy of social power and socioeconomic status as well as the increasing numbers in population. The upside down pyramid on the right side, on the other hands, presents the amount of power and the resources consumed by the number of population related to the left side pyramid. It illustrates inequality in distribution of resources and power in our society.

The size of this sculpture represents the size and seriousness of social issues we are facing every day. The materials of this sculpture, such as the color and texture, add heaviness and uneasiness associated with these social issues.

The way this sculpture is assembled requires viewers to look around the sculpture to see the overall design. The front view of the shape is different from the back view. The left side of the pyramid looks like an equilateral triangle from the front, but it is asymmetric if you look at it from back. This is representative of most social issues. Everything seems fine on a superficial level, but to see reality and figure out what’s really going on, you have to look into it deeper and see it from a different point of view.

 

Artist’s statement

I was born and raised in Korea. Since I moved to Seattle in 2007, I have faced great challenges and struggles because of language barriers and cultural differences. I’m still struggling even after 7 years of living in America. It has not been easy, but I’m still alive, struggling with people in such a diverse community. Every day I meet people from all over the world. We look so different from the outside, so it is easy to judge based on our outside appearance. However, as we share our stories, I realize that we are all same. We struggle with the same things. We are happy with the same things. We all love our friends, family and community. I found the beauty of diversity and the joyfulness of sharing, understanding and honoring each other.

Each side of the triangle leans on the other sides of triangles and makes connections. Some connected sides fit really well, but some parts don’t really fit. One side is too big or too small. However, it is still able to make connections. Each side is connected at a different angle. One side is a little closer to the other side, and sometimes a little farther than other angles. They don’t try to change how the other side looks like. Just take it as it is. It seems unbalanced and unstable, but it still holds each other and brings diversity and the joy of sharing in our ordinary life.

I think this sculpture will present well the values of the UW Bothell campus regarding diversity and collaboration across cultures and beliefs.

 

Preliminary budget estimates

Sculpture

Black concrete

(13 in. x 13 in. x 5/16 in. thick)

$4 each x 400 = $1,600

Foundation (Base)

Regular Concrete

(13 in. x 13 in. x 5/16 in. thick)

$3 each x 400 = $1,200

Landscaping

Side preparation & installation

$1,500

Total

 

$4,300

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10 responses to “UPSIDEDOWN

  1. SkipYourCommute.com

    We chatted about this piece in class, so you already know how cool I think it is! This is a really unique take at how the problems we face work and I never considered looking at it with shapes like you have. Your artist statement warmed my heart because I agree – we are all very human once we open up.

    • Thanks Jodene!
      One of my nursing books has a chart with pyramid to explain the hierarchy of something. It remind me all the social issues we have in our society and the hierarchy of power and money. And as I think about it, it is so true. I’m so glad that I didn’t skip my readings for that week. 😉

  2. The dark truth is what I think about when you referred to why you used the color black. It is usually tied to something powerful and not always pleasant. You have a strong concept, yet are expressing it in a simplistic way. I appreciate the size of the piece. I think people will be able to see the differences in color, as well as recognize that the edges are not perfect. I think it can be interpreted in several different ways, and after reading your concept it opens up a whole new awareness. I like how you interpreted the left side, “The left side pyramid represents the hierarchy of social power and socioeconomic status as well as the increasing numbers in population.” It depicts well because the angle is an upwards slope. I agree that yes, we are all the same inside, yet at the same time we are all different. I think its about appreciating who we are as human beings, and respecting eachothers differences. Thank you for sharing such a meaningful project.

    • Hi Jazmintapia, I wanted to used dark color material to share the heavy feelings in my heart whenever I heard the news or read articles about social issues. I’m glad you can relate to it. I personally think about human rights a lot probably because I have faced great challenges due to language barrier and cultural differences since I moved to America. Thanks for your comments. 🙂

  3. I knew about the opposite relation between the few rich elite population on the top and the amount of resource being used by them, but didn’t know about the connection of the edges not being quite the same length had a meaning behind. I really liked that even though people don’t fit well with one another, but there still is a connection where they can form a bond. That’s so cool. I am so appreciative of the detail meanings behind the sculpture. Well done!

    • Hi Sandi, the idea about the connection of edges came out later after I made my first model. I was looking at my model and thinking about social issues from readings, I suddenly noticed that the edges are all different angle and how they are connected each other. Readings were so hard to finish but it was really worthy at the end. 😉 Thanks for your comments! Hope you have a wonderful spring break!! 😀

  4. You project is definitely my favorite. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and ability to create a project which represents inequality and it’s significant impact on society. I also like how you personalized and shared with us a piece of your history. By doing this you made it more than just a project and you gave it everlasting meaning. My mother and I came to the U.S. when I was only 6 and lived in some of the worst areas of Houston. I faced many challenges from racism to classicism, until I was finally able to escape that life around the age of 15. You hit the nail on the head…On the outside we may look different, but on the inside we are definitely far more alike than our egos permit us to believe. Well done and thank you for your effort!

    • Hi fsahba, Thanks for sharing your story. Yeah. America has been fighting for discrimination and human rights for decades, but it is still there and people are suffering from it in daily bases. I’m so glad that I got a change to address the social issues and share my stories. I know it was just a proposal for the class, but my hope is that even just among us my proposal makes us to think about human rights and social issues in our society. Thanks again for sharing.

  5. I feel your project has really captured the essence of what the Call to Artist was looking for. It truly addresses social equality. The simple shape of it carries so many meanings that I feel this piece would be a great addition to the wetlands. And as you eloquently put it, even though our pieces don’t always fit properly, we somehow manage to relate to each other as humans on some level. I just think that is so awesome. 🙂

    • Hi mleo201, Thanks for your comment. I wanted it to be as simple as possible, but not too simple if you really look into the sculpture and think about the meanings behind it. I’m glad you like my proposal. Yes, we may look different from outside, but we are all the same human being. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts and hope you have a great spring break! 😀

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