Train Dispersion Sculpture
Incredible designer Yong Ju Lee has created two ’Dispersion’ sculptures to restore part of a very memorable place; the Suin transportation line. Located in Suin line memorial park, this rout was vital to people commuting in South Korea between 1937 and 1995. After two decades of operating and connecting people in various places, the Suin transportation line was shut down; however, people still keep many memories and photographs of the place and its surroundings.
Depending on the visitors’ point of view, the first sculpture [Dispersion 1] gives the illusion of melting into its surroundings through the gradual pixilation of the form. The form, when viewed from the opposite side, appears to solidify into an opaque stainless steel volume. “Demateriality and surreality from stainless steel will provide visual refreshment and amusement. As a part of a series with dispersion 1, dispersion 2 allows unity to environment of suin line memorial park” Yong describes.
The second sculpture [Dispersion 2] speaks of the narrow spatial characteristics of the original train as visitors are given a chance to perceive and experience its original dimensions. “This railway had about 900mm width and people had diverse memories its narrow interior” Yong describes. The very confined interior space of the train along with the bad rail bed quality made the train ride very uncomfortable.
“Standing passengers had experienced a hard time from shaking. The facing seats were so close that they barely let one person walk through” explains Yong. The stainless steel woman’s silhouette placed within the train adds emphasis to the narrowness of the space; it also adds character and allows visitors to connect with the art piece and its historic reference. This project connects the new generation to memories of the old city; it strengthens their sense of belonging and their understanding of important historic city transportation lines.